Like every day since January 25, tens of thousands of people demonstrated, Monday, January 31, in downtown Cairo and other cities demanding the departure of President Hosni Mubarak (read-line monitoring of the day and synthesis of significant events and reactions). But the 1st of February, a week after the beginning of the unprecedented revolt initiated by the Egyptians, following the example of Tunisia, where the population led to the precipitous fall of former leader Ben Ali, should mark a turning point and give the temperature as a result of the mobilization and response of the Egyptian regime.
CALLS FOR "ON THE MILLION"
Following the call for general strike launched Sunday, the protest movement called for "a million march" of people on Tuesday in Cairo and across the country to further accentuate the pressure on the regime.
This appeal was also launched in the city of Alexandria in northern Egypt, while rail traffic has been suspended throughout the country, preventing the mass movement of convergence towards the capital. Internet remains largely blocked, and Egypt's official television did not broadcast the message of the opposition, the protesters rely primarily on word-of-mouth to mobilize a population caught between hopes and fears of change of insecurity after the scenes of looting that marred the nights of major cities.
"It's probably not come near a million demonstrators," the corresponding analysis of the World this site, Benjamin Barthe, for whom "the big day is tomorrow." "If processions are massive and very important, and that the opposition comes to permanently mark the spirits, his tussle with the government, trying to play the 'decay' of mobilization, in turn favor the opponents of Mubarak "said he (listen to audio below):
THE ARMY SHOULD NOT USE THE FORCE
The vast inconnnue on the course of the day, again affects the attitude of the army against the expected flood of protesters. Monday night, the Egyptian armed forces have again indicated that they would not use force against protesters and that, furthermore, they considered "legitimate" claims of "great people of Egypt" - but only in the "freedom of expression in a peaceful", not aspirations to topple the Mubarak regime.
Even if the soldiers deployed in the streets of Cairo since Friday night, are appreciated by the population and live far left movement, aircraft and helicopter gunships were also out on Sunday over the Tahrir Square to show that the army could at any time to regain control of the situation.
This explains why, on Monday, shortly before the statements of its leaders, the military installed in the streets of Cairo several concrete barriers, intended, according to observers, to block the vehicle and contain the demonstrators around Tahrir Square place key rallies in Cairo last week.
A protester in Cairo Monday.
One protester Monday Caire.AP / Ben Curtis
Monitoring and development commitments of the army will remain a crucial point in the outcome of the dispute, and the standoff that opposes the Egyptian president to his people. A situation in which the Egyptians are aware, judging by the banner deployed Monday on Tahrir Square, where protesters shared food with the soldiers positioned to restore order: "The army must choose between Egypt and Mubarak" .