Violence escalated in two cites outside the Egyptian capital Cairo on Thursday as anti-government protests continued to grip the country and challenge President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
An Egyptian protest with demonstrators hoping to emulate the Tunisian uprising that led to the recent ouster of Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali after nearly 23 years in power, resulted in two protesters shot dead by police.
Police opened fire on protesters Tuesday evening in the eastern Egyptian port city of Suez.
Dozens of protesters were arrested throughout Egypt, and hundreds more were injured when riot police clashed with protesters who were trying to cause President Hosny Mubarak to step down.
Tens of thousands of protesters participated in a “Day of Anger” in at least 16 cities nationwide. The protests were organized by over a dozen non-governmental organizations and rights groups,
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