Egyptian protestors pour in Tahrir square

10:26, February 05, 2011      

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Thousands of protestors are flocking to the Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo on Friday for the 11th day of mass protests.

Defense Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and senior army officials visited the square Friday morning to check the situation and called for maintaining the security and stability.

People chanted "People and army are united," and soldiers checked IDs and performed body searches at the entrances to the square. The demonstrators prayed in the square where the clashes left at least eight dead and more than 800 injured late Wednesday.

The Armed Forces asserted that all the square exits are safe for people to return home, and they provide cars to transport the demonstrators.

There are crowds in Tahrir square, with helicopters flying over most of the heavily fortified streets, according to an eyewitness.

After the Friday prayers, people chanted the Egyptian anthem and called on the National Democratic Party members to leave.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he wouldn't run for the next presidential elections.

Friday has been named by some opposition parties as the "Day of Departure" as they insist the president to resign.

Source: Xinhua
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