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Last Updated: Monday January 31 2011 06:46 GMT

Egypt demos show no sign of end

Protester in Cairo

Anti-government protesters in Egypt's major cities continued their riots over the weekend.

The demonstrators ignored a curfew that the government put in place, and took to the streets to protest.

The President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, has made a speech on television saying the government will start making changes.

He hopes that it will be enough to stop the rioters' protests that have been going on for nearly a week.

The protesters have clashed with police, who used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up the crowds.

Protester in Cairo

At least 100 people have died and up to 2,000 have been arrested since the demonstrations began on Tuesday.

The internet and mobile phone access was cut off on the fourth day of protests.


Lots of people in Egypt are very poor - many think that President Hosni Mubarak is treating them badly and not doing enough to make their lives better.

He's been ruling the country for 30 years but protesters want him to step down.

Demonstrations this size are very unusual for the country and everyone's watching to see what will happen next.