The protests were triggered by recent uprisings in Tunisia, which began last month when a Tunisian man set himself on fire after police seized his produce stand. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted, and this inspired Egyptians -- distressed by rampant corruption and poor economic conditions -- to demand the resignation of their longtime president, Hosni Mubarak.
A number of videos of the Cairo protests have surfaced. Watch:
Although the initial protests appeared peaceful at times, recent reports indicate that Cairo police are cracking down on the protesters.
In the video below, clouds of gas are clearly visible, and an Egyptian man is heard saying, "Where are you from? U.S.A.? Please tell your country. Please write it everywhere ... we do not want this government. That's our right."
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