Google's Wael Ghonim Calls for 'Friday of Martyrs'

Says he's 'ready to die' for change
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Egyptian Wael Ghonim, a Google Inc. marketing manager, talks at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)
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(Newser) – Recently-freed Google executive Wael Ghonim appears to be calling for another huge demonstration. “We are hoping that the ‘Friday of Martyrs’ will be the world largest funeral to bid farewell to 300 Egyptians,” Ghonim tweeted today. Ghonim also talked to CNN, saying it is “no longer time to negotiate” with Hosni Mubarak, and that he is “ready to die” to bring change to Egypt.

He called on Egypt's officials to resign. "If you are true Egyptians, if you are heroic Egyptians, it's time to step down." Ghonim has become something of a hero to protesters since his release, drawing big crowds in Tahir Square. But he repeatedly told CNN, "this is not about me."

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