Protests against government escalate in Egypt

Al Jazeera reports:

Two Egyptians have died after a wave of unusually large anti-government demonstrations swept across the country.

The two died in the eastern city of Suez, according to the Reuters news agency. The report did not detail how or when they died.

Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets in demonstrations, reportedly the largest in years, that they have explicitly tied to the successful uprising in nearby Tunisia.

On Tuesday night, hours after the countrywide protests began, the interior ministry issued a statement blaming the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s technically banned but largest opposition party, for fomenting the unrest.

Inspired by events in Tunisia, thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo and elsewhere, calling for reforms and demanding an end to the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, which has now lasted for nearly three decades.

The demonstrations prompted US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to assert during a press conference that “Egypt’s government is stable.”

(Video by Mondoweiss contributor Ahmed Moor.)

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