Egyptian authorities are braced for one of the biggest opposition demonstrations in years today. An alliance of youth activists, political Islamists, industrial workers and even soccer fans are promising to turn today's national holiday to celebrate the police force into a day of "revolution against torture, corruption, poverty, and unemployment." State security forces are calling the planned protests illegal.
Inspired by the uprising in Tunisia, public sentiment against Egypt's hardline security forces has reached unprecedented levels, with demonstrators calling for the restoration of civil liberties, the removal of the unpopular interior minister, and the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. After initially refusing to participate, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group, has changed its tune and will now support the protests. "It will be the start of something big," a protest organizer tells the Guardian.