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Imam tells Egypt protesters to press on

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Imam tells Egypt protesters to press on
Egyptian anti-government protesters gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square during "departure day" demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit, on February 4, 2011. Mubarak said he would like to step down but fears chaos would result. UPI | License Photo

CAIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The imam who led prayers in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday said the revolution in Egypt has no religious goal and called for demonstrators to remain steadfast.

The imam's name was not known but he called on protesters to continue their efforts until President Hosni Mubarak steps down, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

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"They want us to be a humiliated people, a quiescent people, and an oppressed people ... But no, and 1,000 nos," he said.

He said Egyptians of all backgrounds support the demonstrations, which are now in their 11th day.

"Egypt taught the world dignity and democracy," the imam said.

"Do not leave the square until your demands are met ... (continue) until victory."

His prayers Friday were heard by tens of thousands of people. After the prayers, protesters sang the national anthem and voiced anti-government demands as demonstrations spread throughout the country.

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