Uneasy Calm Prevails In Egypt

Massive demonstrations across Egypt have called for an end to Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule in what observers say is a rare display of popular anger.

Two protesters died in the port city of Suez, east of Cairo, during Tuesday's unrest, and a policeman was also killed when he was hit in the head with a rock in Cairo, an interior ministry official said.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from the Egyptian capital on Wednesday, said that more protests were planned, though the streets of Cairo were still reportedly quiet.

Violent clashes between police and protesters lasted into early Wednesday morning, as security services sought to disperse a crowd of thousands that had planned to sleep in Tahrir Square in central Cairo.

"There are no protesters at the Tahrir (Liberation) Square on Wednesday morning after they were dispersed last night by heavy handedness of the police and traffic at the square is normal," our correspondent said.

“We are hearing from some activists and protesters that there are intentions to take to the streets again and it remains to be seen whether these calls gain traction."

She said state-run newspapers downplayed Tuesday's events but opposition and independent papers ran unbiased headlines.

The independent Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt Today) newspaper ran a blunt headline: "A Warning."

Brotherhood blamed

Egypt's interior ministry officially blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's technically banned but largest opposition movement, for fomenting the protests.

But the group had said earlier that it would not officially participate in the January 25 protests and denied the accusation.

Multiple waves of protesters filled Tahrir Square on Tuesday - a "day of anger" that had been planned for weeks.<