Egypt’s military pledged not to fire on protesters in a sign that army support for President Hosni Mubarak may be unraveling on the eve of a major escalation – a push for a million people to take to the streets Tuesday to demand the authoritarian leader’s ouster.
More than 10,000 people beat drums, played music and chanted slogans in Tahrir Square, which has become ground zero of a week of protests demanding an end to Mubarak’s three decades in power.
With the organizers’ calling for a “march of a million people,” the vibe in the sprawling plaza – whose name in Arabic means “Liberation” – was of an intensifying feeling that the uprising was nearing a decisive point.
“He only needs a push!” was one of the most frequent chants, and a leaflet circulated by some protesters said it was time for the military to choose between Mubarak and the people.
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