Egyptian police have beaten and dragged off protesters to disperse a gathering of a few dozen demonstrators in downtown Cairo calling for constitutional reforms and fairer presidential elections.
Protesters briefly assembled on Tuesday in front of the upper house of parliament chanting for "freedom" and calling for changes in the constitution before plainclothes police and anti-riot squads attacked them.
Plainclothes officers dragged several demonstrators out of the crowd and threw them into waiting trucks. Young women among the protesters collapsed on the ground, weeping after their friends were taken away.
Media crews were also attacked and photographers' cameras were confiscated.
The protest was organized by the April 6 youth movement that supports political reforms.