Egypt: Thousands March Demanding The End To Mubarak’s 30-Year Rule: UPDATED

26 Jan

NEWS UPDATE:

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AP – Egyptian riot police group to push back protesters, unseen, during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, …
 

By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press Hadeel Al-shalchi, Associated Press:

CAIRO – Riot police deployed across the Egyptian capital on Wednesday in anticipation of fresh anti-government protests a day after thousands demonstrated nationwide to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule of nearly 30 years.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that police would not tolerate any gatherings, marches or protests Wednesday, suggesting that security forces would immediately resort to force to at the first sign of protesters gathering.

Thousands of policemen in riot gear and backed by armored vehicles could be seen on bridges across the Nile, at major intersections and squares as well as outside key installations like the state TV building and the headquarters of Mubarak’s ruling National democratic Party in central Cairo.

The capital remained quiet by late morning with no sign of fresh protests.

Tuesday’s unrest led the Egyptian stock market to tumble by more than 4 percent on Wednesday, the first concrete sign that the demonstrations have impacted the country’s economy. The benchmark EGX30 index was down 4.63 percent, to 6,411.94 points by 10:45 a.m. local time Tuesday.

Security officials, meanwhile, said up to 200 protesters were detained early Wednesday during clashes between police and protesters in Cairo and elsewhere in this Arab nation of some 80 million people.

More were likely to be detained as authorities review police video tapes of the protests, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

A policeman and two protesters were killed in Tuesday’s clashes and some 250 wounded, including 85 policemen.

The protests were Egypt’s biggest in years and are likely to fuel dissent in a presidential election year. Mubarak, 82, has yet to say whether he plans to run for another six-year term in office. He is thought to be grooming his son Gamal to succeed him, a prospect that is opposed by many Egyptians.

“Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with the tyrant,” chanted the crowds in Cairo on Tuesday. “We don’t want you!” they screamed. One sign carried by protesters on Tuesday said: “Gamal, take your dad and go.”

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Associated Press reporter Tarek el-Tablawy contributed to this report.

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Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak‘s 30-year rule.

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Video: Anti-government protests held across Egypt

Three people have been killed in the unprecedented countrywide protests inspired by the revolt that brought down Tunisia‘s president.

However, two protesters in the city of Suez, east of Cairo, died as a result of rubber bullets, security and medical sources have said.

State television said a security officer died in central Cairo after a blow to the head from a missile.

Some protesters were beaten hard by police with sticks. Others, in a rare show of nerve against a huge national security operation, chased police down side streets.

Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been key tools for activists in galvanising protesters. Harvard University’s Herdict web monitoring service reported that Egyptians said the Twitter website was blocked on all Internet Service Providers.

Egyptians have the same complaints that drove Tunisians onto the streets: surging food prices, poverty, unemployment and authoritarian rule that smothers public protests quickly and often brutally.

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