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Egypt on edge as demonstrations turn violent

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jan 27, 2011.

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    CAIRO (Reuters) –
    Police fought with thousands of Egyptians who defied a [FONT=&quot]government ban[/FONT] on Wednesday to protest against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old rule, firing rubber bullets and tear gas and dragging away demonstrators.

    In central Cairo, demonstrators burned tires and hurled stones at police. In Suez, protesters torched a [FONT=&quot]government building[/FONT] as protests intensified in other parts of the country.

    Two people died in Cairo as protests unfolded but security officials contradicted each other on the circumstances. One told reporters a protester and a policeman were killed in clashes. But another official later said they died in a traffic accident.
    The scenes, rare in a tightly run nation with a fragmented opposition movement, follow the overthrow two weeks ago of another long-serving Arab strongman, Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in a popular revolt.

    Emboldened by the [FONT=&quot]Tunisian uprising[/FONT] and frustrated by corruption, poverty and repression, protesters in Egypt have demanded that the 82-year-old Mubarak step down.
    "The people want the regime to fall," they chanted. On Tuesday, the first day of rallies known as the "Day of Wrath" among activists, three protesters and a policeman were killed.

    Security forces have arrested about 500 demonstrators over the two days, an Interior Ministry source said
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    Masikini_Jeuri JF-Expert Member

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    The second wind of change is sweeping through Africa..................waiting for my turn !