Egyptian protesters clash with riot police in Cairo 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
CAIRO - The Egyptian capital descended into near-anarchy Friday night,
as the government sent riot police, and then the army, to quell protests
by tens of thousands of demonstrators determined to push Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak from office.
By the end of the day-long
battle, the protesters were still standing and the police were nowhere
to be seen.
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Mubarak - who had not spoken publicly since the protests
began Tuesday - made a televised speech after midnight, announcing that
he had asked his Cabinet to resign. The move fell far short of
protesters' demands, and seemed likely to ensure that the
anti-government demonstrations that have erupted here would continue.