Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt: Power brandished the threat of military

Now the pressure, the White House said that the pursuit of popular mobilization in Egypt showed that political reforms were still not sufficient. Challenged the power of President Hosni Mubarak warned on Wednesday that the army could intervene if "chaos" in Egypt, the 16th day of a popular mobilization tenacious marked by protests against the government and Parliament. The revolt has hit a town 400 km south of Cairo, El Kharga, where five people wounded in clashes between protesters and police have used live ammunition have been unsuccessful. A political protest have added several social movements on wages or working conditions in the arsenals of Port Said, in several private companies working on the Suez Canal or the Cairo airport.
Now the pressure, the White House said that the pursuit of popular mobilization in Egypt showed that political reforms were still not sufficient, while the State Department urged the Egyptian army to continue to exercise restraint .
Daily Events
Raising the pitch against protesters who have rejected all measures of appeasement of the regime, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned that "the army would intervene in case of chaos to take things in hand". Already Tuesday, Vice-President Suleiman had warned that an immediate end to the regime "would mean chaos."
But the protesters appeared to refuse to let go, requiring nothing less than the immediate departure of Mr. Mubarak, 82, who has promised to give way to the end of his term in September and the creation of a commission changed to amend the articles of the Constitution and disputed by the opposition related to the presidential election. Tahrir Square, Cairo roundabout become a symbol of the movement initiated on January 25, tens of thousands of protesters still demanded the departure of head of state, who has ruled Egypt with an iron hand for nearly 30 years.
The remarks of Mr. Suleiman has been denounced by the opposition, including the Muslim Brotherhood, bete noire of the regime. "This is an unacceptable threat to the eyes of the Egyptian people," said Mohamed Mursi, an official of the brotherhood. "Everyone agrees to continue (to demonstrate), whatever the threats." The Muslim Brotherhood has also reaffirmed that they did not seek power, while many, especially in the West fear the emergence of an Islamist Egypt.
Since February 3, events occur most often in the quiet and the army did not intervene against the protesters. Clashes between police and protesters during the first days, then between pro and anti Mubarak February 2, however, were nearly 300 dead and thousands injured, according to UN and Human Rights Watch.

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