Timothy M. Phelps and Kim Murphy
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011

Egypt’s government and protesters edged closer to violent confrontation Wednesday as demonstrators escalated their tactics and the vice president warned of a coup if the unrest continued, saying protests must end or “the dark bats of the night” would emerge to terrorize the nation.

Labor unrest continued in the nation for a second day, threatening to merge the political goals of the opposition with the more focused economic issues that have long plagued Egypt.

And violence spread to a normally peaceful desert oasis 500 miles southwest of Cairo, where police killed four people.

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