Spain expects massive Cairo demo will be peaceful

1st February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spain expects Egyptian security forces will allow a planned million-strong march in Cairo on Tuesday against embattled President Hosni Mubarak to go ahead without incident, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said.

"I don't contemplate the possibility of a violent reaction from police or military forces, the international community has asked that the population be respected and everything points that there will be a democratic process," she said during an interview with news radio Cadena Ser.

"The army has always played a very important role, it has never fired against the population. This movement has been peaceful and the demonstrators are asking for freedom and reforms.

"These demands are also shared by a part of the army and today they are staking everything, we can think that this support is good, that they will not shoot at the population," the minister added.

Several hundred thousand anti-regime protesters flooded Cairo's main square Tuesday as a call for a million people to turn out was answered by the largest demonstration since a popular uprising to oust Mubark began eight days ago.

© 2011 AFP

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