Giant protest to kick off in Egypt Thousands begin to assemble in downtown Cairo for the “million-man-march” aimed at forcing president Mubarak to resign.

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Protesters in the Egyptian capital have begun gathering for a planned “march of a million”, calling for Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, to step down.

Thousands of demonstrators began gathering from early on Tuesday morning in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which has been the focal point of protests in the capital and served as the meeting area for the march to begin on the eighth day of an uprising that has so far claimed more than 125 lives.

Another million-strong march is planned in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, as national train services were cancelled in an apparent bid to stymie protests. Protest organisers have also called for the march to coincide with the beginning of an indefinite strike.

Reporting from Cairo, an Al Jazeera correspondent reported that tens of thousands of people were gathering in Tahrir Square on Tuesday morning.
“The square is absolutely packed, there is hardly standing room for people. Tens of thousands of people are still streaming towards the square,” she said.

Our producer in Egypt reports on the latest developments in Tahrir Square
“A lot of people I’ve spoken to have said they will be attending, despite reports that there is the possibility that it could turn violent.
“The mood and atmosphere is incredible.” Read more

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