Egypt protesters call for strike

2011-01-31 09:24

Egyptian protesters today called for an indefinite general strike and said they planned a “million man march” tomorrow to mark one week since the start of deadly anti-government protests.

“It was decided overnight that there will be a million man march tomorrow,” Eid Mohammed, one of the protesters and organisers, said.

“We have also decided to begin an open-ended general strike,” he said.

The strike was first called for by workers in the canal city of Suez late on Sunday.

“We will be joining the Suez workers and begin a general strike until our demands are met,” Mohammed Waked, another protest organiser, said.

In Tahrir square, hundreds of protesters camped out overnight, in a bid to keep up the biggest anti-government protests in three decades.

Embattled President Hosni Mubarak appointed the first vice president in his 30-year-rule, and a new prime minister in a desperate attempt to hold on to power.

In the square, protesters insisted they would not leave until Mubarak did, chanting “We will stay in the square, until the coward leaves.”

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