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Egypt protests spread across the country

Egypt protests spread across the country
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Friday saw the protests in Egypt spread to more major cities.

In the industrial working class town of Almahalla, some 20,000 marched and massed for prayers.

The protests gained ground , proliferating in cities in the Nile Delta and reaching the upper Nile.

The protesters were in their thousands, tens, and hundreds of thousands. Pro-government counter-demonstrators could only be counted in hundreds, and they did not take to the streets everywhere.

The violence of yesterday and overnight appeared to have dissipated.

There were reports of scuffles in some places, but little more.

A festive atmosphere appeared to have taken over, a restraint that was noted abroad when President Barack Obama said he was “encouraged” by the day’s events.