Three people died in Egypt Tuesday as tens of thousands of demonstrators clashed with police demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule.
The unprecedented demonstrations prompted Mubarak's wife and their son Gamal, who is considered to be his father's successor, to flee to London.
Two protesters and a policeman were killed in the protests and some 250 were wounded, including 85 policemen.
CBN News Senior Editor John Waage gave more analysis on the unrest in Egypyt, as well as Lebanon. Click play for his comments.
Angry over persistent poverty, high unemployment, and corruption, they hurled rocks at police. Officials were forced to turn tear gas and water cannons on the massive crowd. Some protestors even set themselves on fire to show their desperation.
Activists had organized Tuesday's protests, dubbed a "day of revolution against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment," on the social networking site Facebook. Demonstrators spread word of where to gather on Twitter.
"All of Egypt must move, at one time," the Facebook group organizing the demonstrations said in a posting Wednesday in which it listed a number of spots in Cairo and around the country where demonstrators should gather.
In the southern city of Assiut, eyewitnesses said riot police set upon some 100 activists staging an anti-government protest Wednesday, beating them up with batons and arresting nearly half of them.
The violence comes after a popular uprising toppled a tyrannical government in Tunisia this month.