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Egypt anti-govt protests escalate
Thousands call for Tunisia-style ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, while two protesters are reported to have died.
Two Egyptian civilians and a police officer have reportedly died after a wave of unusually large anti-government demonstrations swept across the country.
The two civilians died in the eastern city of Suez, according to the Reuters news agency. The report did not detail how or when they died.
Meanwhile, in Cairo, a police officer died in the capital's biggest protest - held in Tahrir Square in the city centre - state television reported.
Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday in what were reportedly the largest demonstrations in years, and which they explicitly tied to the successful uprising in nearby Tunisia.
On Tuesday night, hours after the countrywide protests began, the interior ministry issued a statement blaming the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's technically banned but largest opposition party, for fomenting the unrest.
Inspired by events in Tunisia, thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo and elsewhere, calling for reforms and demanding an end to the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, which has now lasted for nearly three decades.
The demonstrations prompted US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to assert during a press conference that "Egypt's government is stable."
Water cannons and tear gas
Some protesters in downtown Cairo hurled rocks and climbed atop an armoured police truck.
Police responded to the demonstrators blasts from a water cannon, and set upon crowds with batons and acrid clouds of tear gas to clear them crying out "Down with Mubarak'' and demanding an end to the country's grinding poverty.
Police have also used rubber bullets against protesters, with some injuries, reported Rawya Rageh, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Cairo.
Clinton urged all sides in Egypt to exercise restraint following the street protests, saying she believed the government was looking for ways to respond to its populations concerns.
But at least 30 people are already reported to have been arrested in Cairo, official sources said.
Protests also broke out in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura and Tanta and in the southern cities of Aswan and Assiut, witnesses reported.
The rallies had been promoted online by groups saying they speak for young Egyptians frustrated by the kind of poverty and oppression which triggered the overthrow of Tunisia's president.
Egyptian blogger Hossam El Hamalawy said technology was important in facilitating "the domino effect" needed for demonstrations like this one to progress.
Mamdouh Khayrat, 23, travelled from the governorate of Qalubiya to attend protests in Cairo. He spoke to Al Jazeera's Adam Makary. "We want a functioning government, we want Mubarak to step down, we don't want emergency law, we don't want to live under this kind of oppression anymore," he said.
"Enough is enough, things have to change and if Tunisia can do it, why can't we?" Khayrat added.
El Hamalawy told Al Jazeera the protests were necessary "to send a message to the Egyptian regime that Mubarak is no different than Ben Ali and we want him to leave too".
On Tuesday downtown Cairo came to a standstill with protesters chanting slogans and marching towards what Al Jazeera's Rageh called the "symbols of their complaints and their agony," the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party, the foreign ministry and the state television.
Scenes such as these have not been seen in the capital since the 1970s.
A day of revolution
Black-clad riot police, backed by armoured vehicles and fire engines, have been deployed in a massive security operation in Cairo, with the biggest concentrations and likely flashpoints, including: the Cairo University campus, the central Tahrir Square and the courthouse where protesters are said to be gathering.
Coinciding with a national holiday in honour of the police, a key force in keeping president Mubarak in power for 30 years, the outcome in Egypt on Tuesday is seen as a test on whether vibrant Web activism can translate into street action.
Organisers have called for a "day of revolution against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment".
"Activists said they wanted to use this particular day to highlight the irony of celebrating Egypt's police at a time when police brutality is making headlines," Al Jazeera's Rageh reported.
Banned demonstrationsThe Egyptian government had earlier warned protesters.
"The security apparatus will deal firmly and decisively with any attempt to break the law," the government's director for security in the capital Cairo said in a statement released ahead of the protests.
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Since Egypt bans demonstrations without prior permission, opposition groups say they have been denied such permits, any protesters may be detained.
Habib el-Adli, the interior minister, had earlier issued orders to "arrest any persons expressing their views illegally".
"Beginning of the end"
Activists have been relying heavily on social networks to organise the protests.
"Our protest on the 25th is the beginning of the end," wrote organisers of a Facebook group with 87,000 followers.
"People are fed up of Mubarak and of his dictatorship and of his torture chambers and of his failed economic policies. If Mubarak is not overthrown tomorrow then it will be the day after. If its not the day after its going to be next week," El Hamalawy told Al Jazeera.
Rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged Egypt's authorities "to allow peaceful protests".
Protests in Egypt, the biggest Arab state and a keystone Western ally in the Middle East, tend to be poorly attended and are often quashed swiftly by the police, who prevent marching.
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At least three people have been killed during a day of rare anti-government protests in Egypt, reports say.
In Cairo, where the biggest rallies were held, state TV said a policeman had died in clashes. Two protesters died in Suez, doctors there said.
Thousands joined the protests after an internet campaign inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.
In Cairo, police used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds.
Activists had called for a "day of revolt" in a web message. Protests are uncommon in Egypt, which President Hosni Mubarak has ruled since 1981, tolerating little dissent.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her administration supported "the fundamental right of expression and assembly" and urged all parties "to exercise restraint".
She added that Washington believed the Egyptian government was "stable" and "looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people".
The events in Cairo were co-ordinated on a Facebook page - tens of thousands of supporters clicked on the page to say they would take part.
Reports said the social networking site Twitter had been blocked in Egypt and that mobile phone networks in the Cairo area were down.
The Swedish-based website Bambuser, which streams video from mobile phones, said it had been blocked in Egypt. On its blog, it accused Egyptian officials of trying to control the news agenda.
The BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo said rallies had been held in several parts of the capital, and the turnout had been more than the organisers could have hoped.
Police were taken aback by the anger of the crowd and let protesters make their way to the parliament building, he says.
There police regrouped in full riot gear with tear gas and water cannon and temporarily drove the crowd back. However, protesters threw stones and stood their ground, pushing the police back until they were on the run.
Our correspondent says the scale of the clashes will surely come as a shock to President Mubarak.
Protests also broke out in other areas, including the eastern city of Ismailiya and the northern port city of Alexandria.
In Alexandria, witnesses said thousands joined the protests, some chanting: "Revolution, revolution, like a volcano, against Mubarak the coward."
'Nothing to fear'
In Cairo's Tahrir Square, demonstrators attacked a police water cannon vehicle, opening the driver's door and ordering the man out of the vehicle.
Officers beat back protesters with batons as they tried to break the police cordons to join the main demonstration.
One protester, 43-year-old lawyer Tareq el-Shabasi, told the Associated Press news agency: "I came here today willing to die, I have nothing to fear."
The AFP news agency reported that protesters had gathered outside the Supreme Court holding large signs that read: "Tunisia is the solution."
They then broke through lines of police and began to march through the streets, chanting: "Down with Mubarak."
Some chants referred to Mr Mubarak's son Gamal, who some analysts believe is being groomed as his father's successor. "Gamal, tell your father Egyptians hate you," they shouted.
The organisers rallied support saying the protest would focus on torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment, calling it "the beginning of the end".
"It is the end of silence, acquiescence and submission to what is happening in our country," they said in comments carried by Reuters news agency.
"It will be the start of a new page in Egypt's history - one of activism and demanding our rights."
George Ishaq, an Egyptian opposition leader, said security forces had been "confounded".
He added: "In the end, we will get our rights because this is just the beginning.
"This will not end. Our anger will continue over the coming days. We will put forth our conditions and requests until the system responds and leaves."
Weeks of unrest in Tunisia eventually toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month.
Egypt has many of the same social and political problems that brought about the unrest in Tunisia - rising food prices, high unemployment and anger at official corruption.
However, the population of Egypt has a much lower level of education than Tunisia. Illiteracy is high and internet penetration is low.
There are deep frustrations in Egyptian society, our Cairo correspondent says, yet Egyptians are almost as disillusioned with the opposition as they are with the government; even the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned Islamist movement, seems rudderless.
While one opposition leader, Mohamed ElBaradei, called on Egyptians to take part in these protests, the Muslim Brotherhood has been more ambivalent.
Our correspondent adds that Egypt is widely seen to have lost power, status and prestige in the three decades of President Mubarak's rule.
Egyptians in Alexandria ripping down posters of Hosni Mubarak and NDP, very powerful video:
This is the same place, where this president apparently got 96% majority in Egypt's last rigged elections.
From EgyptianChronicles blog:
#Jan25 : A Real New Hope
I remember that I called Mohamed ElBaradei as a new hope in Egypt , well what I have seen by my own eyes and heard by my own ears. If millions were and are at their homes , thousands , real thousands took the streets across the country and it started with Facebook invitation and a revolution in a sister country.
I live in Mohendessin and the first place I tried to cover was Gamat Al Doul street and Mustafa square, I thought that the protest would start at 2 PM but I was wrong when I went all what I found CSF vehicles moving around. It turned out that the protest started earlier and turned a march that moved in to Al-Batal Ahmed Abdel Aziz street then in to Tahrir street in order to reach Cairo and Tahrir Square , Down Town.
A friend of the family living at Gamat Al Doul street described a scene she has not seen in her entire life in that upscale neighborhood , thousands "estimation of 10,000 protesters" flooding like an angry river chanting angry anti-Mubarak regime chants.
I was in a car so I moved easily to the October bridge in order to head to Down Town Cairo protests , the bridge was moving too slowly because the security diverted all the traffic down town in a way you can imagine. We reached to the Egyptian museum and all what I can see from far was a large group of people and some Egyptian flags.
We tried all the streets down town that end at Al Tahrir square and all what I found is a dead end , all streets were blocked. The Abdeen Palace was blocked at the same way.
Later I knew that the protest of Al Tahrir street and it was stuck at the Galaa bridge thus after a lot of adventures at Cairo and later at Zamalak I reached to the Galaa bridge I found the protest moving in its way to Cairo to Kasr Al Nil bridge in order to reach to Al Tahrir square.
look at the Sea of people coming in out of nowhere shouting "Freedom!".
The security forces attacked the protesters and this is something I witnessed it with my own eyes.:
All bridges between Cairo and Giza are being blocked to the moment of writing down this post. A relative of mine working in the National TV building tell us that the they are under siege in the country.
Today I feel that fear wall began to fall down.
Twitter has been blocked in Egypt , a stupid move because there are other alternatives like Hoot Suite.
More to come insh Allah.
Thousands have taken the streets of Alexandria , Mahalla, Ismailia , Port Said and Aswan. The numbers are incredible.
The protesters in North Sinia have reportedly cut the international highway .
Here are photos from Ahmed Abdel from Mahalla earlier today "through his mobile phones"
Here is a snap shot for the protests in Alexandria "not less than 20,000"
This great video presents to us an Egypitan Tainanem square moment at Kasr Al Nil street where the security forces attacked the protesters."Radio Hortyana"
There are clashes at Tahrir square , about thousands of activists and regular people "for the first time" are there. Some were injured , some were arrested . They can't use their mobiles , we are asking the people who live there to open their Wi-Fi networks to help them. We got updates that activists. This photo from AFP at Daily News Egypt can give an idea on what is going on there now.
Mrs. Hilary Clinton has issued unneeded press statement about what is happening in Egypt , what parties she is speaking about , it is only the regime and the people !!
There was a protest earlier today in Fayoum "we do not know what happened to it"
The website of NDP is suddenly unavailable , we do not know if it is hacked or not
There is unconfirmed rumor that the government will block the Facebook in two hours.
Here are photos from inside the sieged Al Tahrir square itself through her blackberry phone
Here is another video from Al Wafd portal showing some citizens at the underground suffering from tear gas grenades
Here is a video from Sinai from our friend Al-Anay in North Sinai , there were not less than 300 protests including women and children protesting the Mubarak regime policies.
The MOI issued a statement accusing of the Muslim brotherhood of launching that protest !! They are claiming that there are injured soldiers.
Hundreds of activists are allegedly arrested today and also a number of protesters were injured and transferred to the hospitals.
There is a curfew imposed in Suez
There are violent clashes in Mahalla that have started from an hour ago "I think the thugs were let in by the police to destroy the properties in the area"
My friend Tarek Shalaby published what he filmed today live in the protests. http://qik.com/tarekshalaby
UStream is blocked in Egypt
I received updates that two protesters were killed tonight in Suez City by the security forces' live ammunition.