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Egypt braced for 'day of revolution' protests

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    Egypt braced for 'day of revolution' protests

    Youth activists, Islamists, workers and football fans to hold rallies and marches against Mubarak government
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    Egyptian demonstrators hold a Tunisian flag in an anti-government protest in front of the attorney general's headquarters in Cairo last week. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
    Egypt's authoritarian government is bracing itself for one of the biggest opposition demonstrations in recent years tomorrow, as thousands of protesters prepare to take to the streets demanding political reform.

    An unlikely alliance of youth activists, political Islamists, industrial workers and hardcore football fans have pledged to join a nationwide "day of revolution" on a national holiday to celebrate the achievements of the police force.

    With public sentiment against state security forces at an unprecedented level following a series of high-profile police brutality cases and the torture of anti-government activists, protest organisers are hoping that a large number of Egyptians will be emboldened to attend rallies, marches and flash mobs across the country in a sustained effort to force concessions from an increasingly unpopular ruling elite.

    In a move that suggests the uprising in Tunisia may be spreading to other parts of the Arab world, Tunisian activists announced they would be holding their own protests in solidarity with their Egyptian counterparts, while many Egyptians plan to wave Tunisian flags. Parallel protests are also scheduled to take place outside the Egyptian embassies in London and Washington.

    Demonstrators are calling for the sacking of the country's interior minister, the cancelling of Egypt's perpetual emergency law, which suspends basic civil liberties, and a new term limit on the presidency that would bring to an end the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, one of the Middle East's most entrenched dictators.

    State security officials have branded the protests illegal, and said that those taking part will be dealt with "strictly".
    "I'm answering a call that began online, a call to stand up against police brutality on the day the regime wants us to celebrate their so-called achievements," said Salma Said, a 25-year-old activist and blogger who plans to protest in Cairo.

    "Of course demonstrating against police brutality means demonstrating against Mubarak himself and his whole regime, because they are the ones who created this system. Momentum is gathering really, really fast; friends I haven't spoken to in years have been ringing me up, promising to come down."

    Tomorrow's events, dubbed a "day of revolution against torture, corruption, poverty and unemployment" by protest leaders, were initiated by two dissident movements, both based online. One is dedicated to the memory of Khaled Said, an Alexandrian man beaten to death by police last year, while the other, "6 April", is a youth group named after the date of an uprising two years ago in the Nile delta town of El-Mahalla El-Kubra, in which three people were killed by police.

    After initially dismissing the protests, the Muslim Brotherhood - Egypt's largest organised opposition force - has now said it will back the demonstrations symbolically, although it has not called on its supporters to take to the streets. Strikes are expected by workers in several parts of the country, including Mahalla, and a number of Egypt's traditional opposition parties and prominent public figures have pledged support.

    Mohamed Adel, a spokesman for 6 April, said the broad range of participants distinguished tomorrow's action from previous protests. "It will be the start of something big," he told the Egyptian news outlet Al-Masry Al-Youm.
    In a sign of how seriously the Mubarak regime is taking any challenge to its authority following the downfall of Tunisia's president Ben Ali, counter-protests are being organised under the banner of "Mubarak: Egypt's security".

    Organisers say they want to express their rejection of the "destruction of state institutions" by the opposition, raising fears of violent clashes on the ground.
    "Regardless of how many people turn up, these protests will be highly significant," said Nabil Abdel Fattah, a political analyst at the semi-official Al-Ahram Research Centre. "Those confronting the regime on Tuesday will be the sons and daughters of virtual activism - a new generation that has finally found something around which they can unite and rally.They are the product of a government that has never offered them any ideological vision to believe in, and now they have themselves become a symbol of contemporary Egypt."
     
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    We hope other African nations Egypt included, will learn something from the Tunisians. It is also a strong message to the WEST who dubbed Tunisia as oasis of calm and economic success, a place they could do business with while ignoring to condemn the suffering of the Tunisian people who lived under dictatorship. Tunisian people are not any less a human to deserve repression while other nations enjoy full democracy. The WEST need to stand firm for the very core beleif they preach their system is based on! The arab world have to take caution
     
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    hopefully this ll happen in tanzania very soon!
     
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    :shock:The revolutionary wave in africa has started going to the east, soon it will change direction and head towards south.....bongo get prepared :kev: !!
     
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    :A S-fire1:Revolutionary:A S-fire1: ije basi na huku kwetu mbona inachelewa maana watanzania tupo taabani bin hoi, huyu Mkwere na Majamabazi wenzake tuwakimbizeni haraka iwezekanavyo. 2015 mbali sana hatuwezi kusubiria nchi ipo icu inapumulia machine :faint:
     
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    Protesters clash with police in downtown Cairo on Tuesday, in unprecedented protests inspired by the revolt that brought down Tunisia's president. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)
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    Anti-government protesters fill Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
     
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    The demonstrations come amid questions about whether Mr Mubarak will run again in elections due in September, or perhaps position his son to run for president.
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    Anti-government protesters took to the streets in Egypt after an internet campaign inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.
     
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    Hope all African leaders are learing something from this weaves of changing that is going across Africa, vile vile polisi wa Tanzania wajifunze na waangalie polisi wenzao jinsi gani wanavyodeal na protesters ili siku nyingine wasije wakarudia kutuambia their stupid crap about intelijensia, hakuna picha iliyonifanya nicheke kama ya huyo jamaa aliyekunja ngumi anayetaka kuzipiga na polisi imenibidi nicheke tu.
     
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    Mkuu hata mimi hiyo picha imenifanya nicheke bila kupenda, jamaa sio mchezo LOL!:biggrin:

    Mkwere akae tayari yanakuja hayo...
     
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    Manyanyaso yakizidi Mkuu binadamu anaweza kufanya lolote lile bila kujali hatima yake. Huyu anaweza kuwa shujaa baada ya picha hii kuonekana na Wamisri wengi.
     
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    Kweli jamaa wameamua
     
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    They have ears but the can't hear. They have eyes but they can not see, they have brain but they can not recall such events as their believe is highly rooted in the power of the majeshi
     
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    mwanzo wa maandamano ya aina hii Bongo mbona umeshawadia? tazama wanafunzi wa vyuo wanavyoandamana, tazama mipango ya waanyakazi kuandamana, ukerewe wanaandamana kupinga kulipwa dowans, arusha haihitaji maelezo zaidi, dodoma. dalili zote za maandamano kupinga serikali na utawala vimewasili Bongo. Tunasubiri co-ordination ndogo tu. baada ya hapo wasomi wataandika historia. Mungu Ibariki Tanzania...na ALuta COntinua!!
     
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    Its like a new African thing. Tunisia, Egypt, then . . . .
     
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    I think we need it pale bongo, kutoa mafisadi.
     
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    Tuanzishie mkuu. Tuungane 2015 mbali. Mkwere anaweza hata akang'ang'ania kwa kutumia BMW.
     
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    Serikali ktk nchi za kiafrika mwaka huu kazi itakuwa pevu
     
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    2011 mwaka wa mabadiliko...
    Tunisia
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    Tanzania,United Republic of
     
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    Egypt unrest: Alert as mass protests loom




    Egypt unrest: Friday could see the biggest protests yet


    Egyptian security forces are on high alert, with thousands of people expected to join anti-government rallies after Friday prayers.
    The government says it is open to dialogue but also warned of "decisive measures" as the fourth day of violent protests loomed.
    Widespread disruption has been reported to the internet and mobile phone messaging services.
    There are also reports of arrests of opposition figures overnight.
    The reported crackdown on the largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, came after it said it would back the Friday protests.

    On Thursday, Egyptian opposition figure and Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei returned to Cairo, promising to join the street protests.
    At least seven people have died since the protests began on Tuesday. They follow the so-called "Jasmine Revolution" in Tunisia, which saw President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali flee into exile.

    'Security sweeps'
    Friday's rallies in Egypt are expected to be the biggest so far, with people being urged via internet sites to join the protests after attending prayers.
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    Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor, Cairo

    This is going to be a test for the demonstrators - and the authorities. The government is expected to deploy thousands of police and plainclothes security men. If the day passes relatively quietly, they will claim a victory.
    But if big demonstrations materialise - in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt - and if the security forces struggle to control them - then the protest movement will gain a lot of momentum.
    Arabs across the region are looking closely at what is happening here - as are big foreign powers and Israel. Egypt is the traditional leader of the Arab Middle East - and despite an unpopular peace with Israel, is still highly influential.
    Protesters in other Arab countries will feel bolder if enough Egyptians decide to defy the power of the state.

    The protest organisers have called on people to come out in force, stressing that the religion of protesters is not relevant.
    Late on Thursday, the Facebook and Twitter social websites had been disrupted along with mobile phone messaging, followed by loss of many internet services.
    One internet user in Cairo, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC the 3G was not working and SMS messages were not being received.

    He said: "Tomorrow's protest may exceed Tuesday's numbers, and I think tension will be high. People are trying to stay safe and are moving around in groups."
    Associated Press news agency reported that the elite special operations counterterrorism force, which is rarely seen on the streets, had been deployed to key locations in Cairo, including Tahrir Square, where earlier protests have been held.
    Egypt's interior ministry has warned it will take "decisive measures" against the protesters.
    Reuters news agency reported that a number of people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood were detained overnight.
    It quoted a security source as confirming the authorities had ordered a crackdown. The source was quoted as saying: "We have orders for security sweeps of the Brotherhood."
    Despite an official ban, the Muslim Brotherhood remains Egypt's largest and most organised opposition movement.
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    Barack Obama, on this occasion, may wish not so much for change we can believe in but change he can live with"
    Mark Mardell BBC North America editor

    BBC Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, in Cairo, says political sources are saying that President Hosni Mubarak's security chiefs are telling him they can handle any trouble.
    Mr Mubarak, 82, has not been seen in public since the protests began on Tuesday.
    The Egyptian government tolerates little dissent and opposition demonstrations are routinely outlawed.
    On Thursday, Mr Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party said it was ready for dialogue, but did not offer any concessions.
    Safwat el-Sherif, the party's secretary general, said: "The NDP is ready for a dialogue with the public, youth and legal parties. But democracy has its rules and process. The minority does not force its will on the majority."
    He also warned protesters to remain peaceful.
    "I hope that all preachers at Friday prayers tomorrow are calling people to be peaceful in a clear, ritual way that never plays upon people's feelings to achieve an undesirable target."
    'No option'
    On Thursday, Mr ElBaradei arrived in Cairo and said he would join the protests.
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    Suez was among the cities that saw protests on Thursday
    "I wish we did not have to go out on the streets to press the regime to act," he said.
    Mr ElBaradei called on the government to "listen quickly, not use violence and understand that change has to come. There's no other option."
    The US government, which counts Egypt as one of its most important allies in the Arab world, has so far been cautious in expressing support for either side.
    President Barack Obama described the protests as the result of "pent-up frustrations", saying he had frequently pressed Mr Mubarak to enact reforms.
    He urged both sides not to resort to violence.
    On Thursday there were protests in Cairo, Suez and Ismailiya, while in the Sinai region, a young Bedouin man was shot dead by security forces.
    Up to 1,000 people have been arrested.
    In Suez, police fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and water cannon, witnesses said. A fire station was set alight by demonstrators.
    One protester in the city told Reuters: "This is a revolution. Everyday we're coming back here."
     
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