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  Tishrei 8, 5772 , 06/10/11

Egypt Worried About Renewed Unrest

Egyptian authorities are worried about disturbances on Friday, following a call by a group calling itself the Egyptian Revolutionary Coalition for the masses to go to Tahrir Square in Cairo after Friday prayers "to express rage at the continued economic deterioration and social oppression, as well as limitations on freedoms and the threat to free media." A coalition source said the group rejected the military government's policy, accusing it of playing for time instead of moving forward with a transition to civilian rule and citing it for not preventing people associated with ousted president Hosni Mubarak from running in next week's elections.

Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, which put Mubarak in power. The assassination took place during a parade to mark Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, described Thursday by Egyptian military leader Muhammad Hussein Tantawi as one of the country's great military victories.

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