ElBaradei expected to join anti-Mubarak protests
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 20:37
  
Cairo: Pro-democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, who is also a former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, is expected to return to Egypt shortly to join protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old authoratian rule.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Egyptian protesters, including journalists, have been arrested in two days of Tunisia- inspired unprecedented mass protests against Mubarak's autocratic regime that left at least six people dead.

The protesters could also be energised by the imminent return of ElBaradei, a Nobel peace laureate and the country's top pro-democracy advocate. ElBaradei is expected to return tonight, local media reports said.

Egypt witnessed a second 'day of anger' against the 30-year-rule of Mubarak yesterday as thousands of protesters took to streets, shouting slogans like 'Down with Hosni Mubarak, down with the tyrant," "We don't want you"!

Yesterday, Egyptian riot police clashed with thousands of demonstrators for a second day, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and batons on protesters who defied a government ban on demonstrations.

Protesters attempted to firebomb the ruling National Democratic Party's local headquarters before police pushed them back with teargas. At least 55 people were hurt in the clashes.

After nightfall, more than 2,000 people continued their protests in various parts of Cairo. Demonstrators in the Egyptian capital set tires on fire and threw rocks at security officials, who drove back the crowds with armored vehicles and water cannons.

The government says at least 700 people have been arrested in the waves of unrest across the country. The anti-government rallies are the largest demonstrations that Egypt has seen in years.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 20:37


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