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Egypt: Friday is the Day of Anger

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

The Egyptian Twittersphere is full of predictions of renewed demonstrations over the weekend. Dubbed the Million Egyptian March, Friday is expected to witness unprecedented protests across the country, despite government warnings that it would not tolerate any more unrest.

Mohammed Rasheed writes:

مسيره المليون مصري في كل المحافظات 4 جمعة الغضب
The Million Egyptian March will be held in all governorates. Friday is a day of anger.

3arabawy adds that people of all walks of life are excited about the big day:

shop owners in the neighborhood r excited about tomorrow's protest. Laundry workers will join #jan25

@3arabawy continues:

friend called to say 2 of her friends will protest tomorrow. The couple work as investment bankers! Mubarak managed to alienate all classes.

Sarah Naguib rallies the masses:

We only managed it because we were THOUSANDS.no exaggeration. Small protests are useless. PLEASE, tomorrow, have patience and gather up

and sends a message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying:

President Hosny Mubarak…Should your silence be taken as a sign of consent to the people? #Jan25

And Sandmonkey is all set:

Extra battery…check. New line with BB service not in my name… Check. Bring on tomorrow. #jan25

Demonstrations have rocked Egypt for the third day in a row, with thousands taking to the streets calling for political and economic reforms, as well as an end to Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Friday is a holiday in Egypt and the demonstrations are being planned for after the Friday prayers at noon.

News reports say (Ar) that the concerned government body has instructed preachers to call upon people to “obey the ruler.”

Nourhan responds:

لو الخطيب في الجامع قالك.. اطيعوا ولي الامر.. قوله بصوت عالي: افضل الجهاد كلمة حق في وجه سلطان جائر.. انشرها بقدر حبك للحياة #Jan25
If the preacher at the mosque tells you to listen to those in power, tell him in a loud voice: “The best Jihad (struggle) is speaking up against an oppressive rule” Spread this message as much as your love for life.

The Muslim Brotherhood's announcement that they will be taking part in Friday's demonstration is also receiving mixed reviews.

Amr Ashraf reports:

The Muslim Brotherhood has called for its followers to demonstrate after Friday prayers — #CNN #Jan25 #25jan #Egypt #Cairo #Egyrevolt

CNN correspondent in Cairo Ben Wedeman tweets:

Muslim Brotherhood's call on supporters to join nationwide Friday protests could be decisive. #Jan25 #Egypt

Mohamed Abdo adds:

رسالة للإخوان:مظاهرات الجمعة لكل المصريين، مفيش هتافات دينية وشعارنا “الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام”مش”حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل” #jan25 #Egypt
A message for the Muslim Brotherhood: Friday's demonstrations are for all Egyptians. We don't want any religious chants and our slogan is “The want the regime to fall”

Meanwhile, Wael Abbas confirms that the number of protesters killed stands at eight:

number of dead in egypt now is 8

The demonstrations were coordinated following a call on Facebook, by the We are all Khaled Saeed group. The group is named after Khaled Saeed, a young man from Alexandria murdered at the hands of police. His death, last June, cause widespread demonstrations and rage against police torture and the ‘use of Emergency Law to terrorise citizens.” Had Khaled been alive, he would have been celebrating his 29th birthday today.

Many, on Twitter, paid tribute to Khaled, among them Gayed, who writes:

Today would have been Khalid saeed's 29th birthday. Let's not forget him and let the world understand why we are revolting !!! #jan25

Plans are also in place for demonstrations in front of Egyptian Embassies around the world. @3arabawy pleads:

People around the world, plz picket #Egypt embassies tomorrow Friday in solidarity. #Jan25

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

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