Egyptian authorities detain at least 1,000 protesters: newspaper

13:58, January 28, 2011      

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At least 1,000 protestors have been held in custody ever since the biggest nationwide protest within 30 years erupted on Tuesday, Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm newspaper said on its website.

Most of the detention took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura and Suez, said a lawyer with Cairo-based rights group the Egyptian Demonstrators Defense Front.

Until now at least six people have died in the protests during two consecutive days, including one policeman in Cairo and three protestors in Suez, according to Pan-Arab TV channel Al-Jazeera.

Some 500 protestors have been arrested, according to a statement of the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

Egyptian authorities said on Wednesday further protests will be banned after Tuesday's mass gatherings in Cairo and some other places in Egypt.

The demonstration, the largest one since Mubarak took office in 1981, started peacefully in Tuesday afternoon, but turned to violence several hours later.

Riot police clashed with demonstrators, firing tear gas and using water cannons to disperse crowds in central Cairo, while protestors threw stones at the police and attacked the water cannon truck in return.

Source: Xinhua

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