Egyptian riot police have broken up an illegal pro democracy demonstration held to call for a change in the Egyptian constitution for running for president. The Egyptian constitution only allows the ruling party to pick a nominee for president.
There is a campaign to nominate the former head of the International Atomic Energy Commission and Nobel prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei as an independent candidate for president of Egypt. Recently the publisher of a book praising Mr ElBaradei had his offices raided by Egyptian police and was arrested while other supporters have been detained.
The eighty one year old president for life Hosni Mubarak appears to be interested in handing his presidency over to his son Gamal establishing the Mubarak dynasty. Protesters and even journalists have been beaten and dragged away from the protest in front of the Egyptian parliament.