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Egyptian activists try to stage more protests


CAIRO (AP) -- A small gathering of Egyptian anti-government activists tried to stage a second day of protests in Cairo Wednesday in defiance of a ban on any gatherings, but police quickly moved in and used force to disperse the group.

Activists used social networking sites to call for fresh demonstrations but Facebook, a key tool used to organize protests, appeared to be at least partially blocked in the afternoon.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Journalists' Union in downtown Cairo chanted: "Mubarak is leaving, leaving. Oh Egyptian people, be brave and join us," in a taunt to long-time authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak. As police charged the crowd, beating and arresting the demonstrators, they chanted "peaceful, peaceful."

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