Police beat demonstrators
Egyptian police beat and arrested anti-government activists demonstrating outside the downtown presidential palace against the possibility of the president’s son succeeding his father.
About 300 protesters chanted anti-government slogans, waved flags and burned pictures of the president while hundreds of black-clad riot police surrounded them in tight cordons. Many others were prevented from even reaching the square in central Cairo.
Shoving matches broke out between protesters and security forces and some activists were detained.
The rally was protesting widely rumored plans for 82year-old President Hosni Mubarak to be succeeded by his son Gamal, who is a highranking member of the ruling party.