Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cairo crowds swell in anticipation of massive march

Mubarek, will probably be gone by the end of the day;if not things are gonna tip right over the edge.

The Military has said they will not use force, and Mubarek wants to negotiate.

It is hard to negotiate with a few million people, and an Army.

The Los Angeles Times
Helicopters thundered low over central Cairo's Tahrir Square early Tuesday as crowds swelled in anticipation of what protesters hoped would be a massive march aimed at bringing down the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Thousands of pedestrians walked past tanks positioned around the square, where organizers have appealed for a million compatriots to flood the streets.

Egyptian authorities shut down Internet traffic and cellphone service ahead of the protest, in the apparent hope that it would prevent demonstrators from coming to the square.

Al Arabiya reported that authorities have blocked the road between the city of Suez and Cairo to stymie the flow of protesters. The ruling National Democratic Party has also called for a counter demonstration in support of Mubarak. Meanwhile, a coalition of Egyptian human rights groups have issued a call for Mubarak to step down.

Crowds inside the key expanse at the heart of the Egyptian capital have been growing day after day since Saturday, when security forces stopped trying to halt demonstrators from gathering in the square.

Tuesday's new arrivals seemed to energize protesters who had spent another chilly night in the plaza, and the crowd broke into a full-bodied roar of "Down, Mubarak, down!"

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