The confrontation on the streets of Cairo escalated into violence today. Pro-Mubarak groups, some of the men on camels, entered Tahrir Square and attacked the demonstrators. At least three people were killed and hundreds were injured. During the night gunfire broke out, and two more people were reported killed.
The White House has stepped up the pressure on Hosni Mubarak, insisting that he must begin the “transition” now. Everyone, including President Obama, seems to believe that the Mubarak supporters who launched the attack today were in the pay of the Egyptian government, and that some of them were police officers without their uniforms.
In other news, the province of Catalonia in Spain is on the verge of bankruptcy. Officials there are worried that the government may soon be unable to make payroll.
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