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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Egypt updates: 'Friday of Martyrs" planned; Workers strike

By Melissa Bell
Protesters wave a giant flag in front of the Egyptian Parliament. (Mohammed Abou Zaid/AP)

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"Friday of Martyrs" planned

Wael Ghonim wrote on Twitter that Friday would bring a massive funeral protest for the 300 reported dead during the violence of the past two weeks in Egypt. Ghonim has become something of a folk hero, re-galvanizing the protests.

We are hoping that the "Friday of Martyrs" will be the world largest funeral to bid farewell to 300 Egyptians #Jan25less than a minute ago via web

Day 16 round up of news

• Protesters gathered outside the Parliament for the second day in a row. Al-Jazeera reported that the cabinet building was evacuated because of the protests. A government spokesman said that he could not confirm that account but believes the cabinet may be moving offices because of the demonstrations.

• Workers joined the protests by starting strikes across Egypt, demanding better pay, benefits and working conditions.

• U.S. State Department launched an Arabic Twitter account. The first post says that Washington recognizes the "historic role" of social media in the Arab world. "We want to be in your conversation," the AP reports.

• Three killed in upper Egypt. Thousands were reported to have taken to the streets in the province of Wadi El Jadid and violence broke out with police firing live rounds, and protesters burning official buildings, AFP reports.

• Wael Ghonim, tells CNN that he is willing to die for change. Ghonim's emotional interview on Monday inspired many Egyptians to join the protests.

By Melissa Bell  | February 9, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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Two Egyptians are fighting over one slice of bread, eighty million are living in a land that can only support half. Generous rewards for vasectomies will solve the problem of over population, unfortunately it is against Sharia Law.

Posted by: morristhewise | February 9, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, unrest in Egypt is just the tip of the iceberg. Most Middle East nations face the same demographic issues as Egypt; a massive number of young people who simply cannot find jobs and are extremely unhappy with their inability to start families or purchase homes. Here is a look at just how desperate the situation is for young and highly educated Egyptians:

Posted by: Baywoodfarm | February 9, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

AGAIN with the Martyr card? Is that all they think about over there?

Posted by: iluv9mm | February 9, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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