Violent Demonstrations Erupt in Egyptian ‘Day of Anger’

January 26, 2011 Updated: January 23, 2012

[xtypo_dropcap]D[/xtypo_dropcap]emonstrations in Egypt on Tuesday’s “Day of Anger” resulted in clashes with riot police.

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Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest deteriorating economic conditions and demand the end of President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year autocratic rule, much like Tunisians have done since December in their country.

Opposition groups called for the “Day of Anger” protests using modern social media. The protests were held in several areas in Cairo and throughout the country. Some gradually turned violent, local newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Egyptian security forces used tear gas, fire hoses, and clubs to disperse protesters in downtown Cairo. Eyewitnesses told the news organization that 50 police officers were beaten up and demonstrators demolished a fire engine.

Protesters said they were there to express pent-up anger, much like happened in Tunisia. “It is the first time I have protested, but we have been a cowardly country. We must finally say ‘No,'” a 24-year-old protester was quoted as saying by AP.

Mubarak has been in power since 1981 and repressed the opposition, leading to fraudulent elections, frustrating the population.