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Protester: 'Tonight is Going To Be Very Cruel'

<p>"Tonight is going to be very cruel," a local protester told NBC News.</p>

Anti-government demonstrators were bracing for more violence Wednesday after several hours of relative calm.

Hundreds of activists toting fire bombs and rocks again massed in Independence Square, the crucible of the protest movement, where they faced down police armed with stun grenades and water cannons.