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Egyptian opposition defiant over VP's warning

CAIRO (AP) - Anti-government protesters are remaining defiant in Egypt, following a warning by the vice president that if protesters don't negotiate, there could be a "coup." Protesters have called for a new "protest of millions" for Friday throughout Cairo.
Opposition groups are infuriated over the vague ultimatum by Vice President Omar Suleiman that protesters have two options - "dialogue" or "coup."
Opposition leaders say such remarks are dangerous threats. Thousands of protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak's ouster filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for a 16th day, energized by a young Google executive who has emerged as an inspiring voice promising "we won't give up."
Suleiman rejected any Mubarak departure during a gathering of newspaper editors late Tuesday.
Osama Saraya, an editor-in-chief of a pro-government paper who attended the meeting, said Suleiman didn't mean only a military coup but also a possible takeover by state institutions or Islamist groups.


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