Mubarak has lost the Army Egypt Army: We Recognize Legitimacy of Protests - CBS News Egypt Army: We Recognize Legitimacy of Protests On Eve of Massive Cairo Protest, Military Says It Will Not Use Violence Against Demonstrators CAIRO - Egypt's military says it recognizes "the legitimacy of the people's demands" and promised to guarantee "freedom of expression," ahead of a planned escalation of the country's week-old anti-government protests. A military spokesman, Ismail Etman, appeared on state television to say the military "has not and will not use force" against protesters. But he also warned against "any act that destabilizes security of the country" or damages property. Etman said the military is "conscious of the legitimate demands by honorable citizens" - though he did not specify whether the military considers the demand for President Hosni Mubarak's removal to be legitimate. The statement was the strongest sign to date that the military will allow week-old protests to continue and even grow, as long as they are peaceful.