Thursday, January 27, 2011

Egypt: new parades, new clashes

The demonstrations against the regime, and clashes with police, continued late into the night Wednesday in Egypt, with the attack on buildings and molotov cocktails maybe two new victims. After a restless night, the protests resumed in Egypt early Thursday afternoon. Clashes including several hundred demonstrators opposed to the forces of order in the cities of Ismailiya and Suez in the north-east. As in Tunisia Egyptian opponents denounce poverty, unemployment, corruption and repression.
- A Ismailiya on the Suez Canal, witnesses reported shots of tear gas by the members of the security services who tried to disperse demonstrators who retaliated by throwing stones. A dozen people were arrested before the start of the event, they added. 

 - At Suez, the riot police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside a police station demanding the release of those arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, which would at number of 75 according to a source within the security services.
Perhaps more than 1000 arrests
A security official said Wednesday that at least a thousand people have been arrested since the protests began. According to witnesses quoted by Reuters, police officers, some in civilian demonstrators and intercept resulting in vans not registered. Some protesters were then beaten with batons.
Twitter and Facebook at the heart of the dispute
As in Tunisia, the protesters are using Twitter and Facebook social networks on the internet to communicate. The site Facebook said Wednesday he had not seen any change in its traffic in Egypt while opponents accused the Egyptian government to prevent connections. Twitter however confirmed avaoir was blocked Tuesday. A new Facebook group called for new protests Friday.
Statements of intent ...
Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said his government would "guarantee freedom of expression through legitimate means" and that the police were restrained. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has prompted the Cairo government to take "this important opportunity" to implement political reforms, economic and social.
ElBaradei calls for the departure of Mubarak
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and advocate of political reform in Egypt, claimed Thursday the departure of President Hosni Moibarak, in power for nearly thirty years. Currently in Vienna (Austria), the opponent has declared his willingness to "lead the transition" policy in Egypt if the people asked.

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