Hundreds of opposition protesters have clashed with police in the Egyptian capital of Cairo in the latest demonstration against President Hosni Murabak’s 29-year rule.
They want greater political freedom in the tightly controlled state ahead of parliamentary elections later this year.
Under anti-terror laws enacted in 1981, police can detain people without charge and ban demonstrations.
Similar protests were staged by the opposition before the last parliamentary elections in 2005 before a tough crackdown by security forces.
Meanwhile, President Murabak met with Irsaeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss the Middle East peace process.
Murabak, who is almost 82 years old, has not said if he will run for a sixth six-year term in next year’s presidential election.