Protests continue for second day in Egypt

16:10, January 27, 2011      

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Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo, capital of Egypt, Jan. 26, 2011. Protests continued for a second day on Wednesday in different places in Egypt despite a government ban on further protests. (Xinhua/Karem Ahmad)

by Li Laifang

Protests over the country's economic woes entered the second day on Wednesday in many parts of Egypt despite a government ban.

In downtown Cairo, groups of protesters were seen, shouting slogans. Police tried to disperse them with tear gas.

In Suez, protesters set fire to the municipal building, and damaged one of its rooms. The fire has been put out, a local official told Xinhua late Wednesday.

Some protesters were arrested by police.

No official figures are available for the total number of casualties caused by the protests on Wednesday.

Egypt's official MENA news agency said early Wednesday that one policeman was killed and 104 policemen or police officers were injured, including one in coma.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry on Wednesday announced a ban on any protests.

More than 100 protesters have been arrested across the country.

The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) said in a statement on Wednesday that it rejected violence and damage of public properties to destabilize social security.

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