Egypt to face its first Tunisian-inspired protests

January 24, 2011 16:28

Egyptians plan to mark Tuesday's holiday honoring the much-feared police force with protests being organized through Twitter and Facebook, where 80,000 Egyptians have logged their support.

Drawing inspiration from the popular revolt in Tunisia, organizers have dubbed the protests "the day of revolution against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment."

The people's fear of a heavy security crackdown makes it hard to predict the actual size of the protests in Cairo and Alexandria. Organizers on Facebook challenged people to stand up, saying, "We are not less than Tunisia."

Almost immediately after the Jan. 14 ouster of Tunisia's longtime president, all eyes focused on Egypt, with observers wondering if the dramatic events could spur unrest against another entrenched Arab regime.

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