Photo Gallery: The Calm Before the Storm
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Photo Gallery: The Calm Before the Storm

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Mubarak's Hired Thugs Rural Poor Paid to Attack Opposition Supporters

In exchange for the equivalent of a few euros, poor seasonal workers have taken part in street fighting in Cairo on the side of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The thugs, who fight with iron bars, knives and clubs, have been recruited by privileged members of the regime, including party officials, security forces and rich business people with lucrative state contracts.