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Thousands fill Tahrir Square for "day of departure" rally.
Several journalists in Liberation Square were reportedly offered police forces identification cards as proof, captured from pro-Mubarak protesters who were delivered to the military to be detained.
Hassan Mitwali, covered in blood after receiving a massive rock to his eye, said he was positive Egypt’s state security was behind the attack.
"As soon as I am healed, in five minutes, I will be back out there protesting, peacefully,” said Mitwali, crying and slouched on the sullied floor of a makeshift health clinic set up in a mosque near Liberation Square. “I will not let Mubarak steal the dreams of 80 million people."
Earlier on Wednesday, pro-Mubarak rallies were tense, but peaceful.
Thousands of pro-Mubarak protesters rallied in the streets Giza, just west of Liberation Square over the Nile River, to counter the heavily attended opposition demonstrations over the past week.
The highly organized marches ended in a large group of around 10,000 pro-Mubarak supporters, which, like a similar demonstration a day earlier, included some members of Egypt’s police services participating in uniform.
Many pro-Mubarak demonstrators said they were angry at “non-patriotic” pro-reformers.
"We will never let Mubarak resign or retire!” screamed Horeya Hussein, 62. “We have no peace and security in our country anymore."
Several pro-government demonstrators said that foreign powers were meddling in Egypt to cause the unprecedented unrest.
Foreign journalists were chased away from covering the protest.
Elsewhere at other pro-Mubarak demonstrations, similar stories of intimidation emerged from other journalists — including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was reportedly punched on Wednesday.
With bursts of gunfire echoing across Liberation Square into Thursday morning, and reports of dozens more wounded every hour, many pro-reformers were not confident their peaceful movement could last.
"Mubarak has divided people with his speech," said Karim Sabet, a young Egyptian who came to Tahrir Square to voice his discontent with Mubarak. "We came here to be peaceful, but things are getting very ugly. I don't want to be a part of this anymore."
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