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Egyptians defy army and ignore protest ban

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Egyptians defy army and ignore protest ban


Thousands of Egyptians have ignored a ban on protests to continue venting their anger against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

The country’s military warned the Egyptian people not to gather in large groups or face what it described as “legal procedures.”

A curfew is set to be put in place 4 p.m. local time until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Nevertheless, several thousand people have started to gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Witnesses say police have fired live rounds at demonstrators in the capital.

At least 95 people have died since the unrest erupted across Egypt last Tuesday.

An estimated 2,000 have been injured.

In a midnight address, Mubarak sacked his entire government and a new adminstration is shortly expected to be named.

But his offer of “new steps towards more democracy and freedoms” has been met with scepticism by the protesters.

They want the 82-year-old to resign after having ruled Egypt with an iron fist for nearly three decades.

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