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Video of the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square

CAIRO — The head of Egypt's embattled ruling military council on Tuesday pledged a faster transfer of power to civilians and a new caretaker government, but his promises were instantly rejected by tens of thousands of protesters who roared their objection to Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi's offer in one word: "Leave!"

It was the same word they had chanted before President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign nine months ago when protesters also dismissed the president's concessions as too little, too late.

The parallels between then and now were impossible to ignore.

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