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An Egyptian protester flashes Egypt's flag as anti-riot policemen use water canon against protesters in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
An Egyptian protester flashes Egypt's flag as anti-riot policemen use water canon against protesters in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Anti-government protests in Egypt escalated today with police firing rubber bullets at the thousands of protesters and using tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators after Friday prayers.

This is the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30 year-rule. Police also used water cannons against Egypt's pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei.

Our guests:

  • Magdi Abdelhadi the BBC's Middle East editor, who joins us from Tunisia
  • Shadi Hamid, who joins us from Doha, Qatar.  He specializes in Islamist political parties and democratic reform in the Middle East for the Brookings Institution
  • Farouk El Baz, a geologist at Boston University and Egyptian who served as science adviser to President Anwar Sadat for three years before Sadat's assasination

This segment aired on January 28, 2011.

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