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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

At least three people have been killed during clashes with police in Egypt during a day of rare protest against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

The countrywide protests, inspired by recent events in neighbouring Tunisia, focused on widespread anger over alleged torture, corruption, poverty and unemployment in the three decades of Mubarak's rule.

Egyptian state TV said the dead included a policeman who was killed during clashes in the capital, Cairo.

Two protesters were also killed in clashes in Suez.

In Cairo, where the biggest rallies were held, thousands of demonstrators who had occupied the city's Tahrir Square were forced to flee after police using tear gas and water canon moved to clear the area early on Wednesday.

Organisers of the protests had rallied support over the internet, including a campaign on Facebook.

Several websites, including Twitter and Bambuser, which streams footage from mobile phones, were reportedly blocked by the government as the protests gathered strength.

The protests in Egypt follow weeks of unrest in Tunisia that eventually toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month.


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