Egypt Arrests 700 Protesters
Protests against Mubarak continue with no letup in sight
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 4:55 PM CST
Egyptian set fires during a protest in Sheikh Zuwyyed, Egypt, Wednesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the Facebook-fueled protests against Egypt President Hosni Mubarak showing no signs of letting up, the government has responded with the mass arrests of 700 people or more, the BBC reports. The interior ministry says public gatherings will no longer be tolerated—despite Hillary Clinton's urging of government tolerance earlier today—and the public will seems undiminished. (See video of a protester standing up to a water cannon here.)

"I want to see an end to this dictatorship," a protester told reporters. "Thirty years of Mubarak is enough." A police officer and a protester were reportedly run over and killed in Cairo today, though the circumstances remain unclear, reports AP. Four people were reported killed yesterday. In Suez today, demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails at government buildings, including the headquarters of Mubarak's party, setting parts of them on fire. For a roundup of the latest developments, click here.

 

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