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By unknown | May 04, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

CAIRO - Egyptian police scuffled with protesters in central Cairo yesterday in the latest demonstration against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a parliamentary election .

Police in riot gear beat back several youths and detained at least one person when about 400 protesters from a number of opposition groups and social movements turned out near government headquarters in Cairo.

Opposition lawmakers had called the demonstration to condemn what they deem rough treatment by the police.

Opponents of Mubarak's 29-year rule were particularly angry about comments from one MP loyal to Mubarak suggesting protesters should be shot.

A series of recent protests have aired several grievances, including calls for an end to a decades-old emergency law that permits indefinite detentions and to rules that make it difficult for candidates to challenge Mubarak in the presidential election in 2011.

Protesters have also called for raising a minimum wage, unchanged for more than a quarter of century and now worth the equivalent of R44 a month.

Mubarak, who turns 82 today, has not said whether he would run for a sixth term in 2011. Many Egyptians believe if he does not, his politician son Gamal will stand as a presidential candidate. - Reuters


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