Friday, January 28, 2011

LIVE. Egypt: For Barack Obama, violence is not a solution

Demonstrations against the Mubarak regime, unprecedented for over thirty years, multiply in Egypt. At Suez, they are marked by very heavy fighting and the attack on government buildings to molotov cocktails. Since Tuesday, seven people died, at least a thousand people were arrested. The opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, who landed in Cairo on Thursday evening, calling on President Mubarak to withdraw.
8:58 p.m.. For Barack Obama, violence is not a solution in Egypt. So says the president of the United States Barack Obama in an interview on the video sharing site YouTube. He called on the government and demonstrators to exercise restraint.
19:30. The White House on Thursday urged both the government demonstrators in Egypt to avoid violence. "The government has an obligation not to resort to violence," said a spokesman for Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs. But, he said, "those who protest have (also) the obligation not to resort to violence, including burning government buildings. While calling President Hosni Mubarak of "important partner" of the United States, the spokesman said on Thursday repeatedly that the United States "does not take sides" in the current wave of protests.
6:25 p.m.. The opponent Mohamed ElBaradei arrived at Cairo airport to participate in protests against President Hosni Mubarak. From Vienna, he called the head of state to relinquish power. The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has become a leading figure in the Egyptian opposition. 18:15. On the eve of large gatherings, the party in power in Egypt said Thursday to open dialogue with youth. Demonstrations "were peaceful from the beginning, the beautiful youth, waving Egyptian flags, spoke of how civilized and respected," said Safwat al-Sharif, secretary general of the National Democratic Party (NDP in power).
5:59 p.m.. According to the television channel Al Jazeera, 300 people were detained in Suez where witnesses have reported exchanges of gunfire between police and protesters.
17.35. "The situation in Egypt is incommensurate with Tunisia," says Georges Colson, chairman of the National Union of Travel Agents (SNAV) whose conference ends at Luxor, "where nothing happens as in resorts "in the Red Sea. "We will monitor the situation carefully but so far there does not cancellations," said he told AFP. The French are 600 000 per year to visit Egypt.
17.10. In Vienna, Austria, where it is located, Mohamed ElBaradei said it is time for President Mubarak to withdraw. "He served the country for 30 years, the time has come for him to retire," he said. It offers, according to Al Arabiya channel, ensuring its interim if the Egyptian street asked.
4:48 p.m.. Justifying the "firmness" of the police in Suez, the Egyptian government spokesman Magdy Rady, said she "keeps a maximum restraint, but occur when the means of expression or improper destruction, it operates".
16:35. One protester was killed by police during clashes in the village of Sheikh Zouwayed in northern Sinai, witnesses said. The young man was fatally shot in the head during a shootout between protesters and Bedouin security forces, according to AFP. His death brings to seven the number of dead since Tuesday.
3:41 p.m.. A fire station on fire. At Suez, where clashes have occurred since the mid-day between protesters and security forces, demonstrators set fire to a fire station after throwing Molotov cocktails at police, found a photographer of AFP.
3:25 p.m.. Syria hopes that "reason will prevail" in Egypt, "said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. "We follow, like you, what happens in Tunis and Egypt. We regret that the victims have fallen among the people and the Egyptian police, "he told a press conference with his British counterpart William Hague.
15.10. The chief diplomat of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, has called on Egyptian authorities to "respect" the right of their citizens to demonstrate peacefully for their rights. "Freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are fundamental rights of every human being," she said.
2:24 p.m.. Clashes several hundred demonstrators opposed to the forces of order in the cities of Suez and Ismailiya. A Ismailiya, witnesses have reported firing tear gas security services trying to disperse the demonstrators who retaliated by throwing stones. A dozen people were arrested before the start of the event. 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.
14 hours. The opponent Mohamed ElBaradei said he was ready to "lead the transition" policy in Egypt. The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), known to have visited Iran to inspect facilities, returns tonight in Cairo to "ensure that everything is so peaceful and steady . "I appeal again to understand the plan he had better listen, do not use violence and understand that change must happen, there is no other option," added the price Nobel Peace Prize.

13 hours. Paris urges Egypt to respect freedom of expression. The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bernard Valero, during a press briefing, said that France remained attentive "to the plight of hundreds of people arrested following the demonstrations of recent days."
12:27. Mohamed El Baradei returned to participate in the events of Friday, according to his brother.
10:34. Trading on the Cairo stock exchange are suspended until 11:30. Prices have plummeted by more than 6%.
10:10. The opponent Egyptian Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the main supporters of anti-government protests, announced his return to Egypt this Thursday evening in Vienna (Austria).
10 hours. A new appeal today to protest launched on Facebook. The Movement of April 6, at the head of the pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in Egypt since Tuesday, which called yesterday to take to the streets after Friday prayers, does not relieve the pressure. "Thursday will not be a vacation day, the street actions will continue," it is written.

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