CAIRO (Reuters) - Thousands of Egyptians ignored a government warning not to protest again in cities across the country on Wednesday, a day after the biggest anti-government demonstrations of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year tenure.
Here are details of the protests, according to Reuters eyewitnesses.
- A crowd up to 3,000 strong mass outside a court complex in Cairo, one of the scenes of Tuesday’s demonstrations. Police drive riot vans into the crowd to break it up.
- In downtown Cairo, hundreds of riot police file in rows down a main street. Non-uniformed police bundle several dozen demonstrators into minibuses after breaking up their protest.
- At Nasser metro station in Cairo, police with batons corner protestors in locked subway entrances and beat them, according to a U.S. student watching the protests.
- Shots are fired in the air near the Cairo supreme court as police charge demonstrators with batons and fire tear gas.
- Hundreds gather outside the Cairo journalists’ syndicate, where the authorities allow regular protests. Police beat some with batons when they tried to break a cordon. Protesters on buildings throw stones at police below.
- Police arrest about a dozen protesters as well as some journalists and photographers in Cairo.
- Late in the evening, police fire rubber bullets at protesters in the city centre and officers in plain clothes drag demonstrators from the crowd and beat them with batons. One protester and a police officer are killed.
- Riot police and dozens of men in civilian clothing armed with metal rods keep guard outside the foreign ministry. Glass from petrol bombs is strewn on the ground.
- About 200 protesters attempt to gather in central Alexandria squares and are dispersed. Dozens are detained.
- Hundreds gather outside a morgue in Suez city demanding the release of one of the three people killed in Tuesday’s violence. Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets and chase the protesters into side streets.
- Protesters in Suez set a government building on fire and try to burn down a local office of Egypt’s ruling party. The fires are put out before they engulf the buildings.
- The government raises security at key buildings in the area and orders that shops be closed after looting is reported.
KAFR EL-SHEIKH GOVERNORATE, NORTH OF CAIRO
- Witnesses say security forces have blockaded a village in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate and used tear gas on protestors.
MAHALLA EL-KUBRA, NORTH OF CAIRO
- Dozens of protesters attempting to protest in this industrial city were swiftly dispersed by police, a security source said.
- Police fire teargas at hundreds of Bedouin in north Sinai around the village of Sheikh Zuwaid after they attack a police station, a security source said. Protesters called for the release of prisoners. The area has long seen tensions between Bedouin and police.