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Egyptians defy ban on protests, demand Mubarak go

Anti-govt protests in Egypt bring death toll to six

Thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt's streets on Wednesday and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office, and some scuffled with police.

A policeman and a protester were killed on Wednesday in clashes in central Cairo, medics said, bringing to six the death toll in Egypt's largest anti-government demonstrations in three decades.

Activists had called on Egyptians to take to the streets again to end Mubarak's 30-year rule after Tuesday's "Day of Wrath" involving anti-government protests across Egypt in which three protesters and one policeman were killed.

The three protesters died in the eastern city of Suez, and the policeman was killed in Cairo.