Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt: Mobilization continues despite threats

The 17th day of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, and despite the threat of power to involve the army in case of "chaos," the protesters chanted early morning "The people want to topple the regime," motto of the protest.
"Alaa (eldest son of the president), told Dad that a quarter of a century, enough!" They shouted Tahrir Square, occupied day and night and became the symbol of the movement. From our special correspondent in Cairo, new signs have appeared Tahrir Square: "Francois Fillon, reimburse us the money of the people!". Story to read in humanity today. Many carried pictures of "martyrs" killed during the violence that killed about 300 people according to a report from the UN and Human Rights Watch since the beginning of the movement.
Port Said (northeast), protesters ransacked the police headquarters, after having done the same the day before with the governorate. Around 3000 people from the slums of Zizara invaded the building before setting fire to police vehicles and private cars of police officers. The protesters, who mostly live in wooden huts, calling for 15 years housing.
The British daily The Guardian has however reported testimony accusing the military of having been held incommunicado hundreds of demonstrators and to have tortured some.
Protesters spent the night on both sides of the road leading to Parliament, and Thursday morning, the two entries of this road were blocked. "No to Suleiman!", The Vice-President (ex-intelligence chief), "No to American agents", "No to Israeli spies", "Down with Mubarak," they chanted. Hundreds of protesters surrounded Parliament on Wednesday and the government headquarters, located opposite the center of Cairo.
The calm seemed to be back on Thursday at El Kharga, a town 400 km south of Cairo, where five people injured yesterday in clashes between demonstrators and police who used live bullets, died, according to medical sources. There has also been a hundred injured.
On Tuesday, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo to mark the third week of unprecedented protest movement demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. -> The story of our special correspondent.
On Monday, many protesters were still camped at night on the vast square in the center of the city were joined by an increasing flow of other protesters who refuse the dialogue under the auspices of the Vice-President Omar Suleiman by the new Mubarak government. "I came here for the first time today because the government is a failure. Mubarak met the same faces repugnant. He can not believe it's over. He is a very limited" Naged told Afaf, a retired director of the National Bank of Egypt. -> The story of our special correspondent.
Since February 3, events occur most frequently in the tranquility. Clashes between police and demonstrators during the first days of the dispute between militants and pro-and anti-Mubarak February 2, killed at least 300 deaths, according to an unconfirmed report of the UN, and thousands injured, according medical and official sources.
Also in humanity today: an exclusive interview with Mohammed Mehdi Akef, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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