A general view shows the crowded Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 10, 2011. Tens of thousands of Egyptian workers walked out in mass nationwide strikes to demand wage increases and show support for the widening revolt against Mubarak’s regime
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Egyptian lawyers in black robes stream into Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Labor unrest across the country gave powerful momentum to Egypt’s wave of anti-government protests. With its efforts to manage the crisis failing, the government threatened the army could crack down by imposing martial law. Arabic poster read ” before you leave we want the 70 billion dollars”.
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An Egyptian anti-goverment protester holds a cross during a demonstration at Cairo’s Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011, on the 17th day of protests against Mubarak’s regime. Thousands more Egyptian demonstrators joined a mounting tide of protest against Mubarak’s regime despite stark threats of a government crackdown.
Egyptian army called to join protesters
An Egyptian former MP has said that military personnel will join the protesters if the current situation in Cairo gets worse.
“It is obvious that military apparatus will leave Mubarak alone if the situation deteriorates… Unless something happens between military apparatus and people, the army will leave Mubarak alone,” Talaat Sadat told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.
The army is deployed to suppress the revolution as the nation prepares for another planned million-man march by the opposition on Friday.
Egypt’s revolution youth movement has also called on the army to join anti-government protesters.
Speaking to Press TV, members of the movement rejected remarks by the Egyptian Vice-president who said the protesters have to accept the government’s proposals to end the revolution or they will face army action.
The movement said it has information that some army officers will disobey any order from their superiors to open fire on the protesters.
Sadat also condemned the US stance on the Egyptian revolution.
“I think [US President Barack] Obama resembles a liar who cannot do his job properly and does not know what is going on in Egypt and the Islam world,” he said.
Nationwide protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime continue for the 17th day as striking doctors and a host of other workers have joined the revolution.
Reports say more than 300 people have been killed by security forces since the beginning of the revolution on January 25.PressTV