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Political parties likely to do well in the elections are unwilling to join the protests; but activist groups still see mass mobilization as a powerful tool

At 2am, early Tuesday morning, just half a block from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, crowds start fires and chant slogans against the ruling military junta. Down the street, men from the nearby Abdeen district stand in front of their homes with sticks, knives, and guns, ready to defend the neighborhood.

The night is punctuated by shouting and gunfire. It’s been nearly three hours since the entire civilian Egyptian cabinet submitted letters of resignation to the Supreme Council…

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