Egypt protests – live updates • Protesters claim 1 million people have taken to streets • Army pledges it will allow ‘legitimate’ protest • Protesters play down role of Muslim Brotherhood

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Egypt protests – live updates

• Protesters claim 1 million people have taken to streets
• Army pledges it will allow ‘legitimate’ protest
• Protesters play down role of Muslim Brotherhood
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Anti-government protesters gather in Tharir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on the eighth day of protests Anti-government protesters gather in Tharir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on the eighth day of protests today. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/EPA

11.37am:CloseLink to this update: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/feb/01/egypt-protests-live-updates#block-26 Judging by continuing live footage from the protest it looks as if at least 1 million people are taking part. The scale looks every bit as big as that London 2003 demonstration against the Iraq war, when at least 1 million people took part.

11.32am:CloseLink to this update: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/feb/01/egypt-protests-live-updates#block-25 Essam El Erian of the Muslim Brotherhood told al-Jazeera: “A temporary government must be formed until elections take place. This regime and the parliament have no legitimacy.”

Journalist Sultan al-Qassemi is tweeting the interview:

Live blog: Twitter

Essam El Erian to Al Jazeera: “A Coalition govt will steer the country for the time being. The people have voided the govt’s legitimacy”

11.29am:CloseLink to this update: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/feb/01/egypt-protests-live-updates#block-24 The Azerbaijan angle? The opposition there has called for the demolition of a statue of Hosni Mubarak, in Khirdalan near Baku.

11.18am:CloseLink to this update: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/feb/01/egypt-protests-live-updates#block-23 Thousands of people have gathered for a good humoured demonstration in the main square in Alexandria, Harriet Sherwood reports. There are lots of tanks and soldiers on the outskirts of the square, but not in the square itself, she says.

“People feel very much that Mubarak is on his way out. People are saying is that all they want is what we have in the west, which is free and fair elections,” she says.

She was told that only 30% of the electorate would support the Muslim Brotherhood.
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