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Cairo - Egyptian police have given up efforts to hold Tahir Square, the centre of many of this week's anti-government demonstrations, in the face of ongoing protests.
A witness told the German Press Agency dpa that police deserted the square, leaving it to the thousands of demonstrators who had been pressing into the square all day.
It was unclear if the police had moved back in preparation for army forces to move in, due to the fact that President Hosny Mubarak has ordered a military curfew in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities.
Mubarak has asked the military to coordinate with