Egyptian Army Tells Protesters to ‘Go Home’

The Egyptian army called Wednesday for an end to the massive demonstrations that have rocked Cairo for more than a week and shaken President Hosni Mubarak’s decades-old grip on power. With Mubarak promising to step down after elections this fall, military spokesman Ismail Etman said in a state television address that the protesters should focus on “returning normal life to Egypt.” A printed message broadcast on state television said protesters should “go home.”

However, protesters who are demanding Mubarak’s ouster showed no signs of dispersing. Large crowds continued to gather in downtown’s Tahrir Square, Cairo’s central plaza.

Shortly before noon, Internet service was restored in Egypt, after having been blocked by the government for several days in what turned out to be a futile attempt to prevent the demonstrations.


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