Police crack down on thousands at Cairo sit-in

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian police are firing tear gas and beating protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square after a day of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30 years in power.

The largest protest in Egypt in years was inspired by Tunisia's uprising and saw people crying out for Mubarak to step down and for a solution to Egypt's grinding poverty.

A large security force moved in around 1 a.m. Wednesday, arresting people, chasing others into side-streets and filling the square with clouds of tear gas.

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