Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Egypt: power prohibits any new event

Three protesters were killed in clashes with police in Suez and a policeman was beaten to death in Cairo, where 15,000 people marched Tuesday against President Mubarak. An opposition group called Wednesday for a second day of mobilization.
Explosive situation in Egypt. After calling a second day of mobilization on Wednesday launched the "6 April Movement" - a group of pro-democracy activists - the authorities have banned any new event. The Interior Ministry said that "no act of provocation, protest rally, march or protest will be allowed." An announcement is a continuation of rallies against President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday that drew thousands of people and left four dead. Two protesters hit by rubber bullets, died at Suez in the north, after clashes with police. A third died Wednesday in this city as a result of his injuries, while a policeman was beaten to death by protesters in Cairo, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by the official MENA news agency.
The call of the "Movement of April 6," comes just hours after Egyptian security forces have dispersed into the night, with many shots of tear gas, thousands of protesters still on Tahrir Square, located in the center of Cairo and close to many official buildings. In the capital, about 15,000 people demonstrated on Tuesday. Opposite, between 20 and 30,000 police were mobilized. Rallies were also held in the provinces of Alexandria in the north to Aswan in the south in the Nile Delta and Sinai Peninsula.
The demonstrators, including many young people, chanted slogans in favor of social and political reforms. They answered the call of several pro-democracy movement to make Tuesday a "day of revolt against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment." Some slogans like "Tunisia is the solution" or "After Ben Ali, who's next?" Were directly inspired by the events that led to Tunisian down President after 23 years of reign. Demonstrators also chanted "Mubarak emerges, aimed directly at the Egyptian president in place for 29 years. These anti-government protests were the largest since the riots of 1977 caused a rise in bread prices, according to some experts.
France deplores the dead
The day had also received support from the opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Muslim Brotherhood, the strong mobilization capacity, and the Wafd, the first secular opposition party, had not officially associated with this movement, while indicating that their young activists could join the procession. These calls "have no impact" on his side had assured the Minister of Interior Habib al-Adli, the government newspaper al-Ahram. Describing the protest organizers as "unconscious," the minister assured that "the police are able to face any threat against the safety of the population." "We do not take lightly any damage to property or any violation of law," he added.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for his part, assured that the Egyptian government, firm U.S. ally in the Middle East, was "stable". The White House has held that 'the Egyptian government has an important opportunity to be sensitive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people and to carry out political reforms, economic and social may help improve their lives and prosperity of Egypt " . U.S. calls on all parties to refrain from violence and expects that the Egyptian government to respond peacefully to the protests. France has lamented his side the dead during protests, through the voice of Foreign Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, who reiterated Wednesday that French policy is to call "more democracy in all states .
In the wake of protests, the micro-blogging site Twitter is otherwise inaccessible since Tuesday in Egypt, says the site A spokesman declined to Twitter advance a reason for the sudden suspension of service in this country.
With over 80 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world. Over 40% of its population lives below a poverty line of two dollars per day. These days, many sacrifices by fire took place in the country, reminiscent of a young street vendor who had triggered the revolt in Tunisia. Following this, the Egyptian government has made many statements to ensure that Egypt does not pose a risk of contagion. However, the authorities suggested they were taking steps to avoid price increases or shortages of commodities, so as not to aggravate the social climate.

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