One Friday of every danger in Egypt
Thousands of people demanding the president's departure for the 4th consecutive day.
"Down with Hosni Mubarak". Thousands of protesters marched Friday afternoon in Egypt to demand the downfall of their president, the fourth day of a protest movement unprecedented in the country. The parades began after Friday prayers. And despite the decision of the Minister of Interior to ban rallies around major mosques of the country.
The massive deployment of security forces could not prevent the proliferation of demonstrations in many cities including Suez, the scene of violent clashes over the past few days. In Cairo, the capital of 20 million large population, there is chaos: the anti-Mubarak activists fanned out across the city. And yet, the Internet, the main channel of popular mobilization, was inaccessible on Friday in the country for the first time such a scale. Telephone messaging services were not working either and the mobile network was severely disrupted. Clashes across the country
In the Egyptian capital in mid-day, the police tried to disperse demonstrators early after morning prayers, making use of tear gas in many areas. Emmanuel Renard, special envoy of Europe 1, reported that thick white smoke had invaded Cairo. Clashes erupted with police outside a mosque in the city center, where 2,000 people had attended the prayer. Mohamed ElBaradei, the most famous opponent of power, had attended the ceremony. Refuge in the mosque, he asked to stop "violence, detentions and torture."
Several witnesses said dozens of people were injured. The Qatari television channel Al-Jazeera reported at least one dead and dozens injured in a square in central Cairo.
Further north, in Alexandria, Egypt's second city, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters shouting "We do not want him", referring to the Egyptian president. At Mansoura in the Nile Delta, security forces, whose number exceeded that of the demonstrators fired teargas to chase away the protesters and some imams in the city have called in their sermons to "go out into the street and ask change ". Posters of Hosni Mubarak's party had been torn. Seven dead in three days
The movement started by young pro-democracy activists dubbed the group "6-April", seems to grow. Inspired by the "Jasmine Revolution" Tunisia has led to the escape of President Ben Ali on January 14 last, the Egyptians descend daily on the streets since Tuesday as part of an unprecedented protest against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. The dispute has left seven dead and dozens injured and resulted in more than a thousand arrests in three days.
Protesters demanding better living conditions in a country where a state of emergency was imposed almost 30 years under the regime of Hosni Mubarak, and where more than 40% of the 80 million people live on less than two dollars per day per person. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main opposition force, have announced their participation in the rallies. 4 French journalists arrested
The Arab television Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya reported police brutality against some of their journalists in Cairo. Friday noon, the French Foreign Ministry announced the arrest of four French journalists. They were quickly released.
The Egyptian president, age 82, has relied for almost 30 years on a formidable police apparatus and a system dominated by a party that he is devoted. Hosni Mubarak has shown by his silence since the start Tuesday of the protest, the largest since he took office in 1981.