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On Second Anniversary Of Revolution, Egypt Is 'A Nation Divided'

Thousands of demonstrators are on the streets in Egypt to mark the second anniversary of the revolution that brought down the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Reporting from Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel says two years later what has emerged is "a nation divided."

Leila tells our Newscast unit that while there are many people on the streets, many others are at home, and it's "really unclear" which represents the majority. The country, said Leila, is split between those who want a secular government and those who want Islamist rule.

On the streets of Cairo, reports Leila, there is disappointment in the air.

"There's rage here in the square," she tells Newscast. "After two years of promises of change, of the end of corruption, of a better economy, of a better country, and they're not seeing that."

The AP reports that protests have turned violent and have left more than 100 people injured.

USA Today has a piece focusing on the disappointment on the street. But they also talk to academics, who put a more positive spin on the state of the country.

One expert told the paper that the revolutionaries haven't been able to translate the protests that brought down Mubarak into political action. But Middle East analyst Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation, a think tank in New York, tells USA Today that something fundamental did change.

"People have been mobilized politically in a way that didn't exist previously," he said. "There is a different sense of relationship between citizens and government."

Update at 8:30 p.m. ET. More Deaths Reported:

At least seven people are reportedly dead amid the protests in Egypt.

The Associated Press reports: "At least six people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in Suez, where protesters set ablaze a building that once housed the city's local government. Another person died in clashes in Ismailia, another Suez Canal city east of Cairo."

Update at 6:13 p.m. ET. Four Dead:

The AP reports that Egypt's official news agency is reporting that four people are dead in clashes in Suez Canal city.

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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