Cyber-activist’s release galvanises Egypt revolt

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

CAIRO – Thousands of protesters flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, galvanised by the release of a pro-democracy cyber activist as a revolt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak raged into a third week.
The embattled leader took a step earlier Tuesday towards democratic reform, authorising a committee to pursue constitutional change, a gesture that failed to appease the crowds who noisily demanded his immediate ouster.
“We are going in to support the people inside the square. They are the first line of defence,” said 26-year-old Mahmud el-Naggar, who came from Fayyoum, south of the capital, with a group of friends and made for the square.
“We’ve heard there will be a million-strong demonstration today.”
Protesters who arrived in the square, past a cordon of troops and tanks that searched them for weapons but made no attempt to halt the demonstration, were greeted by huge new posters of the “martyrs” of their revolt. Read here


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