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CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptian protesters have converged on Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of “Friday of Anger,” a key day in the popular uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

On last year’s “Friday of Anger,” Mubarak’s security forces battled protesters who streamed into the square, killing and wounding hundreds.

Since Mubarak was deposed, protesters have continued to demonstrate at the square, charging that the military council that replaced him has carried on with his repressive measures.

Protesters on Friday chanted “down with military council” and called for retribution for the killing of protesters during the uprising and afterward.

On Wednesday, more than 100,000 people gathered in Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the uprising. The gathering was peaceful.