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EGYPT: ElBaradei warns 'Egypt will explode'

February 10, 2011 |  3:06 pm

Elbaradei Mohamed ElBaradei, who has emerged as a leader of the opposition movement against President Hosni Mubarak, posted comments online within the last hour warning that the country has become volatile.

“Egypt will explode," ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and retired diplomat, posted on Twitter. "Army must save the country now."

In statements posted earlier in the day, ElBaradei vowed continued protests and complained of violence by Mubarak's government.

"We shall continue to exercise our right of peaceful demonstration and restore our freedom & dignity. Regime violence will backfire badly," ElBaradei wrote. "Threats of violence against participants in peaceful demos reveal the ugly face of a regime terrified of its own people."


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Photo: Mohamed ElBaradei surrounded by supporters as he arrived to address demonstrators at Tahrir square Jan. 30. Credit: Khaled Desouki/Agence France Presse/Getty Images