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Egyptians Again Rally for Change

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On July 8, a million or more are expected in Cairo's Tahrir as well as many others across Egypt.

Around mid-day July 8, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians were reported heading for Tahrir, the Italian news agency AGI saying:

"Five months after the toppling of Mubarak, thousands of protesters have once again gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square....for another day of protest dubbed the 'Friday of Punishment and Perseverance.'....One million people are expected" to participate.

As of mid-day July 8 EDT, The New York Times reported nothing, but the New York Daily Times headlined, "Thousands in Tahrir Square ahead of mass rallies," saying:

"Dozens of tents were pitched in the middle of the square" ahead of the mass protest planned "to express mounting frustration with....the slow pace of reform."

Fridays after prayers, mass protests again express public anger for lack of change. Moreover, popular calls recently for a "second revolution" characterize growing outrage across Egypt, specifically targeting Tantawi's-junta. 

A Suez protester spoke for others saying "one wasn't enough." Another said, "I can now tell you the revolution is not over. Everything is as it is, only the heads have been hunted but the body is still corrupt." Workers said "Next, we will take action against the strategic waterway." So will others elsewhere across the country, doing what they have to for change.

Egypt's again on the boil. In fact, since Mubarak's February 11 ouster, it restlessly subsided to a simmer, ready to again erupt if promised spring didn't bloom. The same determination is palpable elsewhere in the region, across Europe and elsewhere. 

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