Strikes Mark Egyptian Anniversary

Egyptians organized mass strikes Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak’s fall from power, although the country’s Muslim Brotherhood has not endorsed the protests. The military, headed by Mubarak’s long-time defense minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, has called for additional troops to be deployed throughout the country. On Friday, thousands of protesters marched in Cairo demanding an end to military rule, and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces responded by issuing a statement to state television saying “we will never yield to threats, and we will never give in to pressure.” Since Mubarak’s fall last year, the Egyptian economy has tumbled and protests have raged on, most recently over 74 deaths at a soccer match. The military leaders have pledged that elections will take place in June.