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Egypt's revolution inspires nearby countries

February 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Egypt's revolution is sending powerful shockwaves through the Middle East. Protests have broken out in at least four countries in the region, and in many cases, they have been violent.

People have been inspired by the revolution in Egypt, but in Cairo, the military, which is now in control, has been struggling to maintain order.

Pushing and shoving, military police kicked out the last protesters in Tahrir Square on Monday. Their tents have been torn down, and even foreign journalists are being told to leave.

President Hosni Mubarak may have resigned, but the unrest continues. Hundreds of union workers marched through the streets, demanding a contract, medical insurance and higher wages.

The hated Egyptian police are also demanding higher pay. Known for attacking protesters weeks ago, they blamed the brutality on orders given by the interior minister.

"We came here to deliver a message to the Egyptian people that we were misinformed just like the majority of the Egyptian people," said one Egyptian officer.

But now all eyes are on Egypt's potential domino effect on other nations like Algeria, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran.

In Yemen, anti- and pro-government protesters clashed for the third straight day, even though the president says he will step aside in 2013.

In Bahrain, police shot tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding political equality and better jobs.

In Algeria, the government has agreed to end its 20-year state of emergency after hundreds took to the streets.

And in Iran, amateur video showed police clashing with thousands of people in a demonstration in support of Egypt. Dozens have been arrested, and at least one person killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed support for the Iranian protesters, saying they "deserve to have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt and are part of their own birthright."

As these events are unfolding, many are wondering about Mubarak's health. There are reports that he had a stroke, and he has been repeatedly passing out at his home in Sharm el-Sheikh. None of those reports have been confirmed.

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