Thursday, February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak clings on as Egypt erupts in anger

Riots in  the land of the Pharaohs, on the brink of a Revolution


EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak has reiterated his intention to stand down in September, ingiting the wrath of thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Mubarak said he had passed on some of his authority to his vice president and former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as he addressed the Egyptian people on state television and announced that the transition of power will take place from today until September.

Protesters reacted with fury when Mubarak failed to announce his immediate resignation, demanding the army join them in revolt.

Hundreds of protesters took off their shoes and brandished them at the screen on which they had seen Mubarak's speech, an insult in Arab societies, and others chanted: "Down with Mubarak, leave, leave!''

Others called for an immediate general strike and demanded of the army, which has deployed large numbers of troops around the protest: "Egyptian army, the choice is now, the regime or the people!''

He said he had requested six constitutional amendments, answering one of the demands of the protesters.

He said he would lift hated emergency laws when security permitted.

Mubarak also vowed to punish those behind violence over the past two weeks and offered condolences to the families of those killed.

The President said he would never accept "foreign diktats" in his televised speech to the nation following weeks of massive nationwide protests demanding his ouster.
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Livestream video interviews with Egyptians in the crowd, speak of a "bloody" revolution.  The crowd is angry at the response of President Murbarak.  The Egyptian citizens expected Murbarak to step down; news reports stating that Murbarak made it clear that he does not take his marching orders from any "foreign" government.
Fox News ran interviews for most of the afternoon, before Murbarak's speech to his people.  A debate about the definition of who and what the Muslim Brotherhood has been the most interesting of interviews throughout the day ... some in the administration describing the MB as "moderate" and "secular", while those who understand the MB and its Charter/Constitution, know that the MB is a terrorist organization, waiting in the wings to take control of Egypt's government.  Hamas terrorists in Gaza are the MB and have attempted to break through the lines between Egypt and Gaza during the protests in Egypt during the past 17 days.
The crowd is threatening to hold the largest of protests tomorrow, Friday, February 11th ... they are disbursing now, shaking their heads, in disappointment and say, they cannot believe Murbarak refuses to step down.

Now, the army holds the key as to what happens next in Egypt.  They have tried to play the role of "neutral" .. 
the divide between the government and the people has grown wider, and so has the divide between the army and the people.
Bee Sting