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There were an estimated 6,000 protesters at the peak of the riots late Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s clashes centered on streets leading to the Interior Ministry close to the downtown campus of the American University in Cairo.

Tahrir Square was closed to traffic Wednesday, but about 1,500 protesters remained out on the streets.

A key youth group, April 6, described the police’s handling of the latest protests as “brutal” and called in a statement for a sit-in in central Cairo to protest what it said was the failure to implement many of the demands from the uprising and to show solidarity with the families of the uprising’s victims.