In Egypt people armed with knives and machetes attacked pro-democracy activists in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday.

Egyptian state television showed footage of rocks being thrown and people being chased away.

Ashraf Balbaa, secretary general of the National Association for Change, a pro-democracy umbrella group, told RFI that “these counter-revolutionaries are remnants of the regime.”

“The remnants of the National Democratic party, the NDP and the state security investigation bureau are an army of thugs. They are trained and directed towards a counter-revolution,” said Balbaa.

The clashes took place as the new cabinet met with the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The cabinet is to propose a law criminalising incitement to hatred. The sentence for those found guilty could carry the death penalty.

On Tuesday, violence between Coptic Christians and Muslims left 10 people dead and many more wounded.

The Muslim Brotherhood had earlier blamed the remnants of former president Hosni Mubarak’s regime for inciting violence.