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Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Egypt

Three people killed in demonstrations

Thousands of Egyptians demanded an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and clashed with police in unprecedented countrywide protests on Tuesday inspired by the revolt that brought down Tunisia's president.

"Down, down, Hosni Mubarak," chanted protesters in Cairo, where despite some 20,000 to 30,000 police being deployed in the centre of the capital, demonstrators broke police barriers to march towards central Tahrir Square, and police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them.

In a nearby road that leads to parliament, police sprayed water cannons as protesters threw stones.

A security official said around 15,000 people were demonstrating in the capital.