Egyptian Interior Ministry bans protests
The Egyptian Interior Ministry Wednesday announced it would not allow additional demonstrations following the massive rallies in which thousands of people participated on Tuesday. The "April 6" movement, an opposition group, which demands democratic reforms in the country, has called for new protests on Wednesday in downtown Cairo. The Egyptian Interior Ministry in its statement said: "We will not allow any protest or the organization of marches or demonstrations."
The statement added that in case of violation of these instructions, "It will take legal action immediately and take the participants to investigation."
Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in Cairo and several others provinces to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, who is in power for nearly 30 years. More than 10,000 people have been staging a sit-in the heart of Cairo's Tahrir Square.
This was the biggest demonstration in Egypt since the "uprising of bread" in January 1977. According to reports, at least three people were killed, including protesters in the north-east of Cairo and Suez and a policeman in Cairo.