Egyptian security forces have forcibly removed pro-democracy demonstrators from the streets of Cairo, but calls for further protests continued online on Wednesday.
Anti-government demonstrations took place across Egypt on Tuesday, and at least 2 citizens and 1 police officer were killed in clashes with riot police.
The protests were apparently inspired by the uprising in Tunisia that led to the ouster of the 23-year-old government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
In Cairo, more than 10,000 protesters occupied a central square and demanded an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Security forces cleared the square before dawn on Wednesday, using rubber bullets and tear gas. The capital was calm later in the day, with shops in the square doing business as usual.
But, messages posted online on Wednesday called for more demonstrations, urging "a continuation of the revolution."
Egyptian authorities appear to have increased their alert level, deploying troops throughout Cairo on Wednesday and blocking access to some websites.
The Egyptian government maintains a stance of dealing with protesters firmly, but if more clashes occur and bring more casualties, it could fuel further angry public reaction.