The last time I posted it was to tell everyone about “Revolution Day” or Tuesday January 25th 2011. The Egyptians had planned this protest for a while and many people wondered whether or not it will succeed, including me. It has now gone into the third day of protests with some protests turning into riots. There are many conflicting reports, some people say the phones are down, blackberries aren’t working, the police left, the police is still there, the army is here, no they’re not, a police station is on fire, so on and so forth to a point where your head starts spinning.
A good point to note is that Hosni Mubarak will have his cronies around the internet and they are probably the ones saying that everything is fine. Okay, now back to the action as riots and protests are on going as we speak.
Rueters reports on the clashes:
Around 600 protesters clashed with police in demonstrations across the Egyptian eastern city of Ismailia on today, witnesses said. They said the police dispersed the crowds using tear gas. Demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981, have raged since Tuesday in several Egyptian cities, with the biggest clashes in Cairo and Suez.
A brave act by an Egyptian Man – Tiananmen Square??
The AP reports:
Bahrain’s king is calling for an Arab summit to discuss efforts to calm the region amid widening protests inspired by the toppling of Tunisia’s iron-rule regime.The state-run Bahrain News Agency says King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged the emergency Arab meeting in a telephone call with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Another report from Rueters shows us a little more insight into whats has happened:
Egyptian police fired rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators in the eastern city of Suez, on a third day of protests calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, a witness said. Demonstrators early on Thursday morning torched a police post, after setting fire to another police post and a government building a day earlier. All three protesters killed in demonstrations in Egypt so far died in Suez. A policeman was killed in Cairo.
After three days of protests the AP reports:
President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party says it is ready to open a dialogue with the youths who have staged three days of anti-government protests. Safwat El-Sherif, the secretary general of the National Democratic Party, also called Thursday for restraint by the security forces and protesters during a rally planned for after Friday prayers. However, el-Sharif, a longtime confidant of President Hosni Mubarak, did not offer any concessions to the protesters demanding Mubarak’s ouster nor suggest that steps would be taken to address their complaints about unemployment and poverty. “The minority does not force its will on the majority,” he said.
Egyptians are already making plans for the post-Mubarak time (if it comes). From Rueters:
Mohamed ElBaradei, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, is expected back in Cairo today and has said he will join tomorrow’s demonstrations, and told Reuters it was time for Mubarak to go. He suggested he might run for president if democratic and constitutional change was implemented.
From the Guardian website in the comments section some one named “gaurdiansux” made a very good point regardless of the name:)
That’s true but Egyptians are much larger in number too, in smaller towns it’s obvious there is more solidarity, even protesters from nearby Ismailia have travelled to Suez to help in, Ismailla having its own unrest..what is strange is Port Said, it’s practically an island and if it rebels they can easily drive out the police but what can be very worrying to the world, if things escalate in Suez and Port Said revolts, the Suez canal will be closed. In Cairo and Alexandria, people still suffer from political apathy..they are huge metropolis and perhaps one shouldn’t judge yet but all those massive protests in Alexandria and Cairo are not even 0.5% of their populations. Those 2 cities if they really do erupt, the regime will be gone in a few hours..that’s why I said yesterday, we can never know what will happen or if they can really bring him down.. the number of protests tomorrow can be a Barometer of what’s to come
I totally agree and as I said in the earlier post about “Revolution Day” once the riots start you better hope and pray you win because if you don’t you’re going to be in a whole other world of hurt afterwards.
I will be monitoring the situation! Could this be the Arab Union??