Thursday, January 27, 2011

Turmoil in Egypt: Anti-Mubarak riots enter third day

Activists trying to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak played cat-and-mouse with police on the streets into the early hours of Thursday, as unprecedented protests against his 30-year rule entered a third day.

Four people were killed in the clashes on Tuesday. An Egyptian security official said that an additional two deaths in Cairo late on Wednesday were caused by a car crash and not by clashes between protesters and police,contradicting comments made earlier by another security source.

The protests, inspired by a popular revolt in Tunisia and unprecedented during Mubarak's strong-handed rule, have seen police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators throwing rocks and petrol bombs.

In central Cairo on Wednesday demonstrators burned tires and hurled stones at police. In Suez, protesters torched a government building.

Demonstrations continued well into the night. By the early hours of Thursday, smaller groups of protesters were still assembling in both cities and being chased off by police.

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