There was a new twist to the anti-Mubarak demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square today. Taking a play from the Lebanon playbook, Mubarak supporters staged a pro-Mubarak demonstration right next to the opposition's demonstration. They waved "Long Live Mubarak" signs and chanted "Down with the traitors." They also included a sprinkling of anti-occupation in Iraq and Palestine signs, presumably to boost their street credibility. As usual, both demonstrations were surrounded by overwhelming security. Presumably the pro-Mubarak demonstrators were NDP functionaries of one sort or another. I don't think it's much of a stretch to assume that this was inspired by the competing demonstrations that have occurred in recent weeks in Lebanon.
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