Egypt’s army has promised not to use force against peaceful protest. The televised declaration from military chiefs came as a shattering blow to Mubarak whose survival as president increasingly rests in the hands of the country’s armed forces.
“Your armed forces acknowledge the legitimacy of your demands and is concerned about your safety, we emphasise the following : the right to protest peacefully is guaranteed for everyone,” said a military spokesman.
The army’s pledge to hold its fire is being seen as a tipping point against the president who is becoming more of a liability to the military establishment which enjoys much wealth and power.
More than 140 people have died in the unrest since it began last Tuesday.