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Egyptian protests turn violent

Thousands of supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak battled in Cairo’s main square Wednesday.


Mohammed Abou Zaid - Associated Press

A supporter of President Hosni Mubarak, on camel, fights with anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Lefteris Pitarakis - Associated Press

Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, watch as cars burn during clashes with anti-government demonstrators, top, behind barriers, in Tahrir square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, early Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak battled in Cairo’s main square all day Wednesday, raining stones, bottles and firebombs on each other in scenes of uncontrolled violence as soldiers stood by without intervening.


At each of the six entrances to the sprawling plaza, the two sides pummeled each other with hurled chunks of concrete and bottles. Some among the more than 3,000 government supporters waved machetes as their anti-Mubarak rivals filled the air with a ringing battlefield din by banging metal fences with sticks.

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Ben Curtis - Associated Press

Pro-government demonstrators, below, clash with anti-government demonstrators, above, opposite the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.


At one of the fighting’s front lines, next to the famed Egyptian Museum at the edge of Tahrir Square, pro-government rioters blanketed the rooftops of nearby buildings and dumped bricks and firebombs onto the crowd below.

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Ben Curtis - Associated Press

Pro-government demonstrators take to the rooftops to throw rocks down at anti-government demonstrators below, unseen, opposite the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.


Tara Todras-Whitehill - Associated Press

An injured anti-government protester is carried away from clashes in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Lefteris Pitarakis - Associated Press

An injured anti-Mubarak protester is carried in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn. Arabic writing on placard reads: “illegitimate”.


Sebastian Scheiner - Associated Press

Pro-government demonstrators, background, clash with anti-government protestors during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb.2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Bloodied young men staggered or were carried into makeshift clinics set up in mosques and alleyways by the anti-government side. Protesters pleaded for protection from soldiers stationed at the square, who refused.

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Khalil Hamra - Associated Press

Demonstrators, one wounded, rush away from Cairo’s main square, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb.2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Tara Todras-Whitehill - Associated Press

Injured anti-government protesters lie on the ground near army vehicles as they wait to be treated by medics during clashes in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Lefteris Pitarakis - Associated Press

Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak fight with anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb.2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn. In chaotic scenes, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses. Arabic at background, ” down Mubarak”.


Some protesters wept and prayed in the square where around 10,000 had massed Wednesday morning and where only a day before they had held a joyous, peaceful rally of a quarter-million, the largest yet in more than a week of demonstrations demanding Mubarak leave power.

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Tara Todras-Whitehill - Associated Press

An Egyptian cries in front of on army tank in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Tarek Fawzy - Associated Press

Egyptian anti-government protesters, some of them atop a damaged police vehicle, gather by the seafront in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Yellow placard at center left reads in Arabic, “Down, Down, Hosni Mubarak”.


Tara Todras-Whitehill - Associated Press

An injured anti-government protester sits on the ground after being treated by medics during clashes in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with anti-government protesters as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Lefteris Pitarakis - Associated Press

A man, left, tries to calm down an Egyptian army captain atop an armored personnel carrier, who fired live rounds into the air to disperse anti-government demonstrators, who charged to clash with pro-government protesters in Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with anti-government protesters as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.


Victoria Hazou - Associated Press

An unidentified U.S. citizen rests at Cairo airport before being evacuated, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. The U.S. began evacuating nonessential government personnel and their families Wednesday, while crowds piled up at Cairo’s airport as more than 8,000 people played the odds in hopes of securing a seat aboard a commercial airline that would allow them to escape the chaos engulfing Egypt.


Tara Todras-Whitehill - Associated Press

An injured anti-government protester helps to destroy a monument in order to use the rubble for rocks during clashes in Tahrir, or Liberation square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, clashed with anti-government protesters as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.

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