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State TV airs warning, but says force won't be used


CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian state TV is airing a warning from the military against "any act that destabilizes security of the country."

It's an apparent reaction to the call from opposition leaders for a million people to take to the streets of Cairo tomorrow, demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

But the message also said the military underlined that it "has not and will not use force against the public."

Mubarak today tried to defuse the upheaval by naming a new government. He dropped the interior minister in charge of security forces.

But protesters gathered in a central Cairo plaza scoffed at the changes. One of them said, "We don't want life to go back to normal until Mubarak leaves."

Although opposition groups issued a joint call for the massive protest tomorrow, it's not clear if they will be able to unify around their sometimes conflicting demands.

Mubarak's foes include students, online activists, old-school opposition politicians and the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.

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