Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Defiant Mubarak Enrages Crowds; Protesters Call for the Army to Intervene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Defiant Mubarak Enrages Crowds; Protesters Call for the Army to Intervene

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PROTESTERS enraged by Hosni Mubarak's latest refusal to step down streamed into Cairo's central square today and took up positions outside key symbols of the hated regime.

The stand-off posed a major test for the military as protesters stepped up calls for the army to intervene against Mubarak, a former air force commander.

The military's Supreme Council held a meeting this morning, which was chaired by defence minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the state news agency reported.

"The council will issue an important statement to the people after the meeting," MENA said.

Last night Mubarak gave most of his powers to his vice-president but refused to resign or leave the country, hours after the military made moves that had all the markings of a coup.

"We are waiting for a strong reaction from the army to Mubarak's speech," said Mohammed Mustapha, a protest spokesman. He said huge numbers of protesters were expected today.

Organisers said protesters were already camped outside the presidential palace and buildings housing the cabinet, parliament and state TV. …

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