February 14, 2011 / 12:44 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Protesters back in Cairo's Tahrir square

(Adds police chant)

CAIRO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - About 2,000 people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, halting traffic only hours after military police and soldiers had cleared the last few dozen pro-democracy activists from the area, witnesses said.

The army had appeared to be in full control of the square, heart of the protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Then hundreds of police marched through, unhindered by troops, saying they wanted to show solidarity with the revolution.

The police protesters and the crowds of onlookers around them disrupted traffic which had begun flowing at the weekend for the first time in more than two weeks.

“We and the people are one,” chanted the policemen. (Reporting by Marwa Awad and, writing by Alistair Lyon)

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