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Egyptian police arrest hundreds of protesters

EGYPTIAN authorities banned street protests and deployed riot police in an effort to stop demonstrations that Western diplomats said were stronger and more threatening than expected.

Officials said 500 protesters had been arrested after bloody confrontations with Egypt's security forces armed with batons, tear gas and water cannon. Reports yesterday said demonstrators had broken through police cordons, despite hundreds being severely beaten.

The tens of thousands on the streets of Cairo took inspiration from Tunisia where, for the first time in decades, an North African Arab state overturned its dictatorship. Anxious to avoid a repeat of Tuesday's 'Day of Wrath', the government was also considering banning gatherings at Friday prayers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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