Violence breaks out on 4th anniversary of Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising

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At least 16 people have been killed in violent clashes with police. It’s been four years since Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising in Tahrir Square. Demonstrators filled the streets Sunday to mark the anniversary. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim reported this story from Cairo.

Security was tightened in Cairo, Sunday in case of any trouble despite heightened security some violence has been reported. The death toll has risen to at least 16.

Violence breaks out on 4th anniversary of Egypt\'s Arab Spring uprising

At least 16 people have been killed in violent clashes with police. It's been four years since Egypt's Arab Spring uprising in Tahrir Square. Demonstrators filled the streets Sunday to mark the anniversary. CCTV's Yasser Hakim reported this story from Cairo.

It’s been a busy day for law enforcement and Cairo security personnel.

Several small home made bombs were detonated in Cairo and other cities while sources said over 15 bombs were defused by security personnel.

The government accused the outlawed muslim brotherhood of the bombings and sporadic clashes with police, as retaliation for the July 2013 oust of brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi.

Tahrir square, the symbol of the 2011 uprising, has been closed off by security since early in the morning to prevent gatherings inside.

In spite of reports of violence, some Egyptians went down to the streets to mark the uprising anniversary.

“The revolution has made us all happy and achieved a lot for Egyptians and I wish more people go down like us to enjoy that day,” a Egyptian male who didn’t provide his name said.

Official celebrations were cancelled after the death of saudi king Abdullah, but a few Egyptians insisted to celebrate.

“The military, police and people are all one..the country will never be divided,” Cairo resident Dina Fawzy said. “We are here to say we will always be united behind our men in spite of attempts to divide us.”