Egypt

Protests continue in Egypt as demonstrators clash with police

Violent clashes between demonstrators and police have continued in Cairo for a second day. Protesters demanding a specific date for the military junta to hand over power to an elected government have been met with teargas and rubber bullets, raising fears that Egypt is returning to a period of significant instability.

An estimated 5,000 people gathered in the symbolic Tahrir Square, where two people had been killed the previous day and hundreds injured. Smashing windows and setting fire to nearby buildings, they are angry that the military junta apparently seeks to retain power over the much-anticipated civilian government.

Once again, protesters have been using social networking to organise their activities. So far, it looks as if the military junta is not going to back down, and some Egyptians are now considering the daunting prospect of staging a second revolution in less than a year.

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