Eleanor Hall, Jan 27 (Jagran News Network): The two days of protests in Egypt, against corruption and failing economic policies of the government led by Hosni Mubarak, have killed up to four people, left scores injured and prompted security forces to make more than 500 arrests.

Egypt is one of the United States' key allies in the Arab world and the US secretary of state is now calling for restraint and urging authorities to lift the restrictions on public expression.

According to The World Today journalist reporting from the Middle East, the security forces resorted to a strategy they've rarely used in 30 years. Instead of marching straight in with batons and tear gas they let the demonstrators go into the evening.

But later, the protesters faced the tear gas and rubber bullets and the crowd was dispersed. At least two protesters were killed. In front of Egypt's press syndicate protests began anew although smaller than the first day of protest.

Egypt's government has now reverted to its default position. It's warning that any illegal demonstrations will not be tolerated under permanent emergency law of the country. There are reports that up to 500 people have been arrested since protests began.

The protests by the Egyptians followed after the similar kind of revolt in Tunisia. The experts claim that the Egyptian regime is unlikely to fall because of one or two days of rage. But this is the biggest test of Hosni Mubarak's leadership since he took power back in 1981.

He is still firmly in control of the country, the government and most importantly the army. However, these protesters are making it clear that any plans he may have to hand over power to his son Gamal will not be tolerated.

And Egypt is far from being the only Arab country facing open and unusual protest in the wake of the Tunisian revolt. Algeria, Jordan, even Saudi Arabia have all felt the shock waves from Tunisia.