Friday, February 4, 2011

Anti-Mubarak protests rise in Alexandria

An effigy of Egyptian President Mubarak hangs over opposition supporters during Friday Prayers in Liberation Square in Cairo on February 4, 2011.
Half-a-million Egyptians swarmed the streets of Alexandria, vowing to continue protests until out-of-favor President Hosni Mubarak resigns.

About 500,000 protesters in the Northern Egyptian city called on Mubarak to resign on Friday. Similar demonstrations are being held in Cairo, Suez, Aswan and Mansoura.

In Cairo, protesters said they would not leave Liberation Square until Mubarak's regime is ousted. They have called Friday the “Day of Departure,” saying the massive rally aims to force Mubarak into stepping down.

Latest reports say Arab League Chief Amr Mousa has entered Liberation Square to calm the tension.

Earlier in the day, Egypt's Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi visited anti-government demonstrators in Liberation Square and urged them to go home.

However, thousands are waiting in line behind army checkpoints near Liberation Square to join the rallies.

Protesters plan to march to the presidential palace following the rally in Liberation Square.

According to the United Nations, at least 300 people have so far been killed and thousands of others have been injured during nationwide protests in Egypt.

Protesters have vowed to stand firm despite the deadly clashes that left several people dead over the past days.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the recent developments in North Africa are the result of the "Islamic awakening, which followed the great [Islamic] Revolution of the Iranian nation."

The Leader also described Mubarak as the "lackey of the Zionist regime [of Israel]." 

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