Egypt protesters call for strike, million man march


Egyptian protesters on Monday called for an indefinite general strike and said they planned a “million man march” on Tuesday to mark one week since the start of deadly anti-government protests.

“It was decided overnight that there will be a million man march on Tuesday,” Eid Mohammed, one of the protesters and organisers, told AFP.

“We have also decided to begin an open ended general strike,” he said.

The strike was first called for by workers in the canal city of Suez late on Sunday.

“We will be joining the Suez workers and begin a general strike until our demands are met,” Mohammed Waked, another protest organiser, told AFP.

In Tahrir square, hundreds of protesters camped out overnight, in a bid to keep up the biggest anti-government protests in three decades.

Embattled President Hosni Mubarak appointed the first vice president in his 30-year-rule, and a new prime minister in a desperate attempt to hold on to power.

In the square, protesters insisted they will not leave until Mubarak does, chanting “We will stay in the square, until the coward leaves.”