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EGYPT: Prime minister warns police against interfering with Friday protests


As Egyptians braced for another potential flashpoint in their campaign against President Hosni Mubarak, the country's new prime minister told state-run television that he had ordered police to refrain from disrupting a massive demonstration planned Friday.

Anti-Mubarak protesters who have occupied Cairo's central Tahrir Square since Jan. 25 have set Friday, the main Muslim day of prayer, the deadline for Mubarak's resignation. Activists demanding sweeping reform of the long-reigning autocracy have clashed with the president's supporters over the last two days and some fear another bloody confrontation looms after Friday prayers.

In his first interview since vowing Tuesday to serve out his current presidential term through late this year, Mubarak told ABC News late Thursday that he had tired of the presidency but feared the country would descend into chaos if he were to step down now. He also suggested that Islamic radicals could exploit the power vacuum and gain a strategic foothold in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, appointed after a Cabinet shakeup last week prompted by the protests, said he had warned the Interior Ministry against interfering with Friday's planned protest march.

Vice President Omar Suleiman, however, ordered protesters to go home and let security forces restore order in the country, sending a mixed signal to government opponents about what they can expect if they take to the streets in droves Friday.


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Only by legitmizing the consesus of the aforementioned, shall the peoples respond in kind. By way of Islam the religious parameters exist with our body electric!

The real autocratic problem is the assemblage of proponents will manifest the various entities in the subliminal media. When the people proclaim loudly-the result in essence is characterized by modus operandi times three!
Let the Mubarak reap the benefits of the presumption of a cohesive entitie.

Except when the police in Egypt have for decades been feared because of their use of intimidation and torture allowed and used in Egypt under its current constitution and judicial system. The people have no protection in Egypt, no real freedom, no promise of hope for their lives or futures under the NDP. It is an oppressive government and police.

the police and the army must take control they must like all services world-wide, stand seperate to any problems as hard as this always is to do, other wise mob rule and a whole country torn apart,to protect the people from the people at this moment in time when not only are people showing high feelings they are also open to the elements that none of us in the world what to get any more of a foot hold than they already have.
thank you.


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