"Day of Rage" large-scale protest erupts in Egypt

Egyptian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and beat protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square Wednesday after the biggest demonstrations in years against President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule.

Two protesters and a police officer were killed in the nationwide demonstrations inspired by Tunisia's uprising, which also demanded a solution to Egypt's grinding poverty and were likely to fuel growing dissent in a presidential election year.

Egypt’s government faces one of its biggest tests ever after the group behind the demonstrations of the past few days − the April 6 movement − declared another “day of rage” for today following afternoon prayers in the country’s mosques.

The Muslim Brotherhood is also expected to join the anti-government protests, bringing thousands more people into the streets.