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Thursday
Feb032011

Dawn Breaks on a New Day of Protests in Egypt

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK
By CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, ABC News


(CAIRO) -- After a day and night of pitched battles that broke up only as dawn broke, I went back to Tahrir Square with my team Thursday morning to see which way the wind was blowing, because it's shifting all the time here.

What we found were anti-government protestors still in control of Liberation Square, and their resolve only stiffened.  They're manning barricades to the square, and reinforcements are streaming in.  People were bringing new supplies -- bottled water, bread and blankets -- digging in for the long haul.

Around the barricades, they're re-arranging the piles of rocks from Wednesday night to use as weapons if they're attacked.

All over the square, we saw the walking wounded; foreheads, noses, faces bandaged and bloody.  Groups of men sat reading the morning papers, with headlines proclaiming, "Tahrir Square has been turned into a battleground" and "The people remain victorious."

They're exhausted from Wednesday night's battle, and many are sleeping in the grass, resting for another day on the front lines.  They say they won't leave until Mubarak does.  "We have nothing to lose," one man told us.

In an extraordinary move Thursday, the prime minister apologized for Wednesday's violence and promised an investigation.  At this hour, there are reports of a few small clashes at one end of the square, on the 6th of October bridge, the scene of the worst of Wednesday's battle.

But, overall, the anti-government protestors' numbers vastly overwhelm the pro-Mubarak forces here.  Everyone seems to be waiting for Friday, when the protestors have called for all of Egypt to come out after Friday prayers.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Feb022011

Egpyt Protesters, Mubarak Supporters Clash; Several Killed, Injured

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Thousands in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invaded Tahrir Square in Cairo Wednesday, meeting with opponents of Mubarak's rule and igniting violent clashes between both sides.

At least 10 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured, according to local news reports.  Most of the violence stemmed from stone throwing, clubs and fist fighting.  Protesters assembled in the square are asking doctors and medical workers to come to the aid of those wounded.

ABC News correspondents on the scene reported thousands of people have converged on the square “as if it is the battle ground.”

“People are afraid,” one correspondent told ABC News Wednesday from Cairo.  “Even some of the protesters in the square -- they’re afraid for the stability of the country and they don’t want to see the country sink into chaos.”

The fresh violence comes on the heels of a call by the Egyptian military to end the demonstrations and “restore normal life” as well as President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he would step down and would not seek re-election when elections are held in September.

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