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    gypt's army has vowed it will not use force against the tens of thousands of people protesting for the removal of the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

    It said it respected the "legitimate rights of the people".

    The statement comes ahead of a massive march planned for Cairo on Tuesday and amid a call for a general strike.


    In its statement, carried on Egyptian media, the military said: "To the great people of Egypt, your armed forces, acknowledging the legitimate rights of the people... have not and will not use force against the Egyptian people."

    BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen says the announcement is absolutely critical because it takes away a huge measure of uncertainty from the mind of any potential demonstrator.

    And the BBC's Lyse Doucet, in the Egyptian capital, says people will see similarities to what happened in Tunisia, when the army's refusal to fire on protesters led to the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power.

    She says the language will appeal to the thousands of people in Cairo's central Tahrir (Liberation) Square, where there has been a very friendly atmosphere between protesters and soldiers. They are trying to defuse any tension before the mass demonstrations planned on Tuesday.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.

    by amk for obama on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:44:30 PM PST

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    •  Overly optimistic, I heard the actual statement.. (0+ / 0-)

      on Al Jazeera and they qualified it with "peaceful protests" and with " no destruction of property", this is not to be taken as some blanket assurance or guarantee of civility, you act as if a totalitarian military's statements are to be taken at face value. The tactical preparations, scare tactics, blocking off streets with concrete barriers and limiting communications, transportation and food coupled with reported beginnings of counter demonstrations belie their words.

      "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

      by KJG52 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 04:51:38 PM PST

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