Fresh spike in violence in Egyptian protests
Gunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Cairo, where fighting killed six and wounded over 800 and prompted new calls on Thursday from Western powers for President Hosni Mubarak to start handing over power immediately.
Thousands of angry young demonstrators on Tahrir Square said those who opened fire on them overnight were secret policemen. They insisted their resolve had only hardened. Scornful of Mr. Mubarak’s pledge on Tuesday to step down, but only in September, they vowed to stand firm until the 82-year-old leader is gone.
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