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Egypt’s Anti-Government Protests Enter Third Day; 72 Hurt

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- At least 72 people were injured during the third day of clashes between Egyptian police and anti-government protesters in central Cairo.

The demonstrators, who had assembled to mark similar rallies a year ago that left 45 dead, hurled stones and firebombs and security forces fired bird-shot and tear gas. Authorities arrested 118 protesters on charges of attacking the police and destroying public facilities, the Ministry of Interior said in an e-mailed statement today.

Activists and political groups have called for mass protests across the country on Nov. 23 to demand the dismissal of the President Mohamed Mursi’s government. The calls come in the wake of this week’s fatal train and bus collision in Assiut that left 51 dead, most of them children.

The violence underlined the task facing Mursi, the country’s first popularly elected leader, who is struggling to restore order and reinvigorate the economy even as near-daily protests break out over issues ranging from the violence in Gaza to jobs and surging crime.

Earlier today, protesters beat up Cairo security chief Osama El-Sagheer and destroyed Al Jazeera’s office in the Egyptian capital.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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