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Egypt minister: Leave 'Friday of Departure' marchers alone

Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told the interior minister he should not obstruct peaceful marches during what protesters have dubbed the "Friday of Departure," state television said on Thursday.

Protest organizers, who call themselves The Youth of the Revolution, hope to gather 1 million demonstrators on the streets of Cairo.

The day will mark the Jan. 28 demonstration, when protesters in Cairo and other major cities fought with security forces while calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.