A significant core of Egyptian pro-democracy protesters are maintaining pressure on Egypt’s president in the centre of Cairo a day after hundreds of thousands filled Tahrir Square in one of the biggest public displays of discontent with Hosni Mubarak.
There is talk that they might head for the Presidential Palace on Friday so the army has stationed a large column of tanks and mechanised infantry vehicles en route.
More demonstrators piled on the pressure outside the prime minister’s office. They set up camp outside the parliament buildings in Cairo, and there are signs the already widespread demonstrations are spreading still further.
Four hundred kilometres south of the capital at least three protesters are reported to have been shot dead when police fired live rounds on a crowd of around 3,000.
The protests are now in their third week and none of Mubarak’s measures has done anything to appease his detractors.
Russia’s envoy to the Middle East urged a solution through ‘legitimate procedures’ adding that Russia is ‘with the Egyptian people.’