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Egyptian Defence Minister visits Tahrir Square

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The Egyptian Defence Minister and military chiefs have made a surprise visit to Tahrir Square, the first by senior officials since the unrest began.

There is no word from authorities on what the purpose of the visit was, but one man said Mouchir Tantaoui addressed some of the protesters.

He said: “Mouchir Tantaoui tried to speak to the crowd, to explain to them that what’s happening is bad for Egypt, but the people here believe that Mubarak must leave, and they will accept nothing less.”

Reporters say the protesters are from a diverse range of Egypt’s population of 80 million.