Anti-Mubarak protest at Egypt embassy in Madrid

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About 100 people rallied outside the Egyptian embassy in Madrid on Sunday, calling for the resignation of embattled President Hosni Mubarak as protests in Egypt raged for a sixth straight day.

"Mubarak go now," and "Murderous dictatorship", the protesters chanted during the demonstration staged mainly by Egytpians who live in Spain, the online edition of daily newspaper El Pais reported.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Egypt for nearly a week calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. They blame his administration for widespread poverty, unemployment, police brutality and corruption.

The protests in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, were inspired by the uprising that ousted Tunisia's Ben Ali on January 14.

Earlier on Sunday Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero called for "peaceful" democratic reforms in both Egypt and Tunisia.

"We want for these Mediterranean nations who are our friends the same which we wanted for ourselves: democratic reforms, freedom, progress, social justice," he told a meeting of his Socialist Party in Zaragoza in the north.

© 2011 AFP

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