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Egypt protesters urge fresh push to oust Mubarak

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Egypt protesters urge fresh push to oust Mubarak


The atmosphere may be upbeat but protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square want to increase the pressure to oust President Hosni Mubarak after the government conceded little ground in talks with opposition groups.

They are calling for more anti-Mubarak supporters to join them in mass demonstrations today and on Friday. They fear that if the uprising peters out, they will be back to square one and Mubarak will only be replaced by another authoritarian ruler.

The president has set up a committee to draw up changes to the constitution. But the opposition wants specifics: the constitution rewritten, free and fair elections, the dissolution of parliament and the release of political detainees.

Signs that the country is edging back to some sort of normality were seen in Alexandria with banks opening once more.

With many Egyptians desperate to get back to work, support for the protesters might be more difficult to mobilise.

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