Unrest is spreading out beyond the Egypt’s capital but often it is linked with more specific economic complaints. In Port Said, east of Cairo around 3,000 protesters wanting cheaper housing set fire to the governor’s headquarters.
In Egypt’s New Valley province at least one protester was killed and several others injured in the first major clashes with security forces in the area. In El Kharga crowds came out chanting and calling for the downfall of their president.
Despite the on-going social turmoil, the crucially important Suez Canal has suffered remarkably little disruption. However one rally was staged by disgruntled Suez staff who went on strike over pay and conditions.
While in Alexandria thousands of residents in Egypt’s second largest city stage more anti-government protests.
Although mainly peaceful, there were reports some protesters set fire to offices of the police and security forces.