Egypt army says 'measures to safeguard people's achievements'

Thursday 10 Feb 2011

Egypt's armed forces said on Thursday they have started taking "necessary measures to protect the nation" and "support the legitimate demands of the people."

Egyptian television interrupted all programming to present footage of a panel of serious military officers reading out a statement they described as "communique number one" of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
"Based on the responsibility of the armed forces and its commitment to protect the people and its keenness to protect the nation... and in support of the legitimate demands of the people," the army "will continue meeting on a continuous basis to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation and its gains and the ambitions of the great Egyptian people," it said.

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