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Rallying Continues in Egypt

Via the BBC:  ‘Day of departure’ rally in Egypt.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a "day of departure" to try to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

There is an increased army presence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after unrest that has led to hundreds of casualties.

After Friday prayers were held in a relaxed atmosphere, the crowd started chanting for Mr Mubarak to go.


Our correspondent says the mood is relaxed but it is not quite the carnival atmosphere that existed before Wednesday – when pro-Mubarak gangs attacked anti-government protesters – and people are watchful.

There were no signs of pro-Mubarak supporters in the square on Friday.

The BBC’s Wyre Davies in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, says there are also many more tanks and soldiers out on the streets there than before.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter