Two million people gathered in Cairo on Tuesday calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The demonstration has been peaceful with the military saying it will not use force against the public and emphasizing, “the freedom of peaceful expression is guaranteed for everyone.”
Nobel Prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El-Baredi has been catapulted into a leadership role as one of Egypt’s most recognized citizens:
They [the people] hope that this will end today or Friday at the latest, and they called the coming Friday ‘the Friday of departure’, but I hope that President Mubarak will take heed before then and leave the country after 30 years of rule and give the people a chance, and I don’t expect that he wants to see more blood,” Mr ElBaradei told al-Arabiya TV.
Egyptian soldiers stood on Soviet-made and U.S. Abrams tanks passing out chocolates during security checks! (BBC)
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