Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said.
Demonstrators storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ in Alexandria, pelt Port Said office with stones, and call for Egyptian president’s ouster in Cairo after he is called “pharaoh,” the new Mubarak for seizure of new powers.
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed El Baradei wrote on Twitter. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”
Security forces loyal to ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have been blamed for sparking the football riot. The final whistle prompted more than 13,000 home fans, armed with knives, iron bars and machetes, to storm the pitch and attack rival Al-Ahly players and their 1,200 supporters.
A leader of Egypt’s secular opposition declared Sunday that the country’s 30-year peace treaty with Israel was “over”, despite assurances by the new military rulers that it would honor the accord in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. The threat to Peace Accords comes as somewhat of a surprise to Israel, especially coming from the leader of a non-Islamic party.
Egypt’s deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, went into a full coma on Saturday night at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday, quoting well-informed sources. Mubarak and his family moved to Sharm al-Sheikh on Thursday night following his final speech, in which he handed over executive authority to former Vice-President Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s al-Masry al-Youm reported. The same sources said that Mubarak was currently receiving medical treatment but that no decision had yet been made on whether to transfer the 82-year-old former head-of-state to a hospital. Rumors had circulated earlier that Mubarak had fainted twice while recording his final speech, which was broadcast on state television on Thursday evening. Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq confirmed Sunday that Mubarak was in Sharm el-Sheikh and has not leave the country.
As an America I get chills watching the shouts for freedom in the streets of Cairo. I smile when seeing people who have been denied full freedom finally feel a sense of what Americans hold so dear. Within the shouts of Allah-hu-Akbar and Egyptian flags waving in the air, America will find out if we will retain an ally in the Middle East or if we just suffered a major loss.
You ain’t seen nothing yet (with apologies to Al Jolson) Not only are they not going away, they have regrouped to become larger, louder and stronger. A clash between the million plus protesters and the Egyptian military is virtually certain at this point. “This will push the country to the edge of the abyss. Tomorrow, the army […]
All eyes were set on the anticipated self removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His speech was anything but a bowing out; rather a defiant, affirmative refusal to stay put; a refusal that will ignite a much larger fire in the seething hearts of the Egyptian people.
The weight of the protests has grown, Mubarak has caved and the Muslim Brotherhood lurks in the shadows. For those of us with freedom loving hearts, there is an uneasy, eerie sense that freedom will be the last thing that will reign in Egypt when all is said and done.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt. In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid programme, worth $1.5 billion annually. America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity. “Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times
Just as reports were portraying a calmer atmosphere in Egypt and it seemed that life was going back to normal there, a swell of new protests has swept across the nation, re-igniting the furious demand that Mubarak be removed from power. The emerging chaos has prompted the US Military to move to action and take up strategic positioning in the Suez Canal.
Protesters, barricaded in a tent camp in Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo, have vowed to stay until Mubarak quits and hope to take their campaign to the streets with more mass demonstrations on Tuesday and Friday. The banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement was among the groups that met Egyptian government officials at the weekend, a sign of how much has already changed in an uprising that has rocked the Arab world and alarmed Western powers.
Thousands of supporters of President Hosni Mubarak today attacked anti-government protesters as fresh turmoil gripped Egypt. Backers of the president, who last night agreed to relinquish his grip on power, fought with the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square, at least 500 injured. Some rode into the ranks on horses and camels and wielding whips. In chaotic scenes, they pelted each other with stones, large sticks and machetes. The death toll since protests began is now believed to have hit 300.
Unless you have been hiding in an igloo like Al Gore has during these frigid temps, most of us know about the events in Egypt. However, what a lot of us don’t know is how this directly relates to America.There are three basic points America must understand in order to grasp somewhat of an idea of what is happening, what Americans should learn from the current situation and where we go from here.
CAIRO – President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday he will not run for a new term in September elections but rejected protesters’ demands he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt’s soil, after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million Egyptians staged their biggest protest yet calling on him to go. Soon after his speech, clashes erupted between protesters and government supporters in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, and gunshots were heard, according to footage by Al-Jazeera television.
Mubarak was considered to be the United States’ strongest ally in the Muslim world, and it was certainly so for the nation of Israel. Now that Mubarak has all but left the scene, the world is watching to see how the landscape will change in Egypt. President Barack Obama has been working behind the scenes to encourage advances in human rights for the people of Egypt while maintaining alliances with President Hosni Mubarak. When it came time to take a strong position and speak into the crisis in Egypt with conviction, his stance was tepid at best. As events have unfolded in Egypt, Obama initially backed Mubarak until it was looking as though protesters were gaining the upper hand, then he quickly moved to the middle ground. Obama chose not to take a clear and decisive approach and in the end, this will have very devastating consequences not only for the people of Egypt, but for the region as a whole. Strategic influence that the United States once held in the Arab world through our Egyptian alliance is likely forever lost, and well as Israel losing the only Arab “friend” it had in Mubarak.