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Let's not send our 'hopes' and 'prayers' to anti-regime protesters in Egypt. They wouldn't want them.
Actually, they don't need them. They are breaking their pillars of national stability for change.
Change they have a right to.
Hopes and prayers will do nothing against authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak and his supporters.
New York Times reporters said Wednesday:
"President Hosni Mubarak struck back at his opponents on Wednesday, unleashing waves of his supporters armed with clubs, rocks, knives and firebombs in a concerted assault on thousands of antigovernment protesters in Tahrir Square calling for an end to his authoritarian rule."
Mubarak said on Tuesday he would step down in September, yet remain in Egypt indefinitely.
The spirit of Egypt's protests are being echoed across the Middle East.
For example, there are protests planned across Syria for today and Saturday, according to Al Jazeera.
Protests are illegal in Syria unless authorised by the State.