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Thursday, March 31, 2005
  Could Egypt be the next domino to fall?
Middle East Online: "Egypt's pro-reform protestors are finding growing courage to make their voice heard and for the first time are challenging the once near-sacred aura surrounding veteran President Hosni Mubarak.

Supporters of the Kefaya (Enough) movement took to the streets on Wednesday in an unprecedented coordinated nationwide push directly targeting the 76-year-old ruler, who could yet seek a fifth mandate in elections later this year.

Numbers were low as Egypt put on a massive show of force to prevent any significant gathering, thwarting a protest in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria altogether and confining demonstrators in the capital to a tiny area.

Egypt has not yet seen a people's revolution of the type that recently swept Ukraine and Lebanon, but commentators say the mood is nevertheless changing in the Arab world's most populous country.

'I feel the atmosphere is opening up. The government is becoming weaker and weaker, while the people are shaking off some of their fear,' said Nawal Saadawi, a long-time opponent of the Egyptian regime and prominent women's rights activist."
 
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