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No End In Sight As Pro-Mubarak Demonstrators Turn To Violence

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CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 02: Anti-government protestors get caught by a petrol bomb thrown by pro President Mubarak supporters near Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Yesterday President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would not run for another term in office, but would stay in power until elections later this year. Thousands of supporters of Egypt's longtime president and opponents of the regime clashed in Tahrir Square, throwing rocks and fighting with improvised weapons. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

CAIRO, EGYPT – FEBRUARY 02: Anti-government protestors get caught by a petrol bomb thrown by pro President Mubarak supporters near Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Yesterday President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would not run for another term in office, but would stay in power until elections later this year. Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s longtime president and opponents of the regime clashed in Tahrir Square, throwing rocks and fighting with improvised weapons. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

On the ninth day of what has been mostly peaceful protests by anti-government groups in Egypt, supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have taken to the streets leading to violent clashes between the two sides.  In a dramatic and dangerous turn, bottles, chunks of concrete and molotov cocktails where thrown throughout the day.  The pro-government group entered Tahrir square on horse and camel-back, wielding machetes and knives, attacking the anti-government protesters  and later journalists.

600 were reportedly left injured and three dead as the Egyptian military stood idly by.  There have been many reports (though strongly denied by the Egyptian government) that the pro-Mubarack supporters are, in fact, plain-clothed members of the secret police.   AP News has the full story.

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