Two protesters were killed in clashes with police at Suez. A policeman was beaten to death in Cairo where 15,000 people marched Tuesday.
The protests against President Hosni Mubarak, who scored the day Tuesday in Egypt, were interspersed with serious violence. Three people were killed. Two protesters hit by rubber bullets, died at Suez in the north, after clashes with police. Moreover, a policeman was beaten to death by protesters in Cairo, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by the official MENA news agency.
About 15,000 people have marched in several neighborhoods in the Egyptian capital, especially in the vicinity of official buildings. Opposite, between 20 and 30,000 police were mobilized. In an attempt to disperse the crowd, they have used teargas and water cannons. Rallies were also held in the provinces of Alexandria in the north to Aswan in the south in the Nile Delta and Sinai Peninsula.
The demonstrators, including many young people, chanted slogans in favor of social and political reforms. Some, like "Tunisia is the solution" or "After Ben Ali, who's next?" Were directly inspired by the events that led to Tunisian down President after 23 years of reign. Demonstrators also chanted "Mubarak emerges, aimed directly at the Egyptian president in place for 29 years. These anti-government protests were the largest since the riots of 1977 caused a rise in bread prices, according to some experts.
"Day of revolt against corruption and unemployment"
The demonstrators were responding to the call of several pro-democracy movement to make Tuesday a "day of revolt against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment." This day coincides with the "Police Day, a holiday intended to honor law enforcement. The initiative has been strongly backed up, especially among young people on the Internet through social networks. Facebook, more than 90,000 people have thus expressed their willingness to manifest. The day has also received support from the opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Muslim Brotherhood, the strong mobilization capacity, and the Wafd, the first secular opposition party, did not officially associated with this movement, while indicating that their young activists could join the procession.
These calls "have no impact," assured the Minister of Interior Habib al-Adli, the government newspaper al-Ahram. Describing the protest organizers as "unconscious," the minister assured that "the police are able to face any threat against the safety of the population." "We do not take lightly any damage to property or any violation of law," he added.
Following protests, the micro-blogging site Twitter has become inaccessible from Egypt, says the site herdict.org. A spokesman declined to Twitter advance a reason for the sudden suspension of service in this country.
With over 80 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world. Over 40% of its population lives below a poverty line of two dollars per day. These days, many sacrifices by fire took place in the country, reminiscent of a young street vendor who had triggered the revolt in Tunisia. Following this, the Egyptian government has made many statements to ensure that Egypt does not pose a risk of contagion. However, the authorities suggested they were taking steps to avoid price increases or shortages of commodities, so as not to aggravate the social climate.