‘Day of Anger’ erupts in Egypt. Opposition leader ElBaradei under house arrest

It’s the “Day of Anger” in Egypt and the situation is deteriorating rapidly. CNN is now reporting that opposition leader/Nobel Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, who returned to Egypt yesterday and joined the protest, has now been placed under house arrest. A curfew is in effect — and Mubarak, the target of the protests may speak soon.

CNN’s Ben Wedeman and NBC’s Richard Engel are reporting and tweeting (when possible) from Egypt.

From Reuters:

Dozens of people were wounded as police and demonstrators fought running street battles in Cairo on Friday in unprecedented protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.

Security forces fired rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon at the crowds and baton charged them. The protesters hurled stones back and shouted “Down, Down, Hosni Mubarak.”

Witnesses saw dozens of Egyptians bruised, bloodied and fainting. Al Jazeera television said at least one person was killed in a square in central Cairo, although the report could not be confirmed.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets after Friday prayers in by far the biggest of four consecutive days of protests by people fed up with unemployment, poverty, corruption and the lack of freedom under Mubarak.

Al-Jazeera is providing live coverage here.

Here’s a recent report:

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