Egypt updates: 'Friday of Martyrs" planned; Workers strike
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 #Jan25
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.
| February 9, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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