Friday, February 4, 2011

New clashes on Tahrir Square

This Friday should be for opponents to President Mubarak the "day of departure" the head of the Egyptian state. At the time of his henchmen are doing everything to keep him in power, hour by hour follow this crucial day.
4:29 p.m. The army currently stops anyone wishing to access the Tahrir Square since the Qasr al-Nil Bridge. The curfew has also begun in the capital.
4:25 p.m. The leaders of 27 countries of the European Union requested Friday that the democratic transition in Egypt starts "now" in a joint statement adopted at a summit in Brussels.
"The basis of relations between the EU and Egypt based on the principles of the association agreement" that they concluded "and commitments in this regard", also stressed the EU leaders, leaving the threat to review the terms of this agreement which allows Egypt to receive economic aid in Europe.
4:20 p.m. The Guardian enables you to share video events that occur Tahrir Square since the beginning of the day.
4:16 p.m. According to BBC news, clashes also took place in Alexandria. In Cairo, they started an hour ago, from Talaat Harb Square.
3:58 p.m. As Egyptian police were heavily criticized after the publication of these final days of their first video showing acts of violence, a second video is being debated on the Web. 3:47 p.m. Attorney General Egyptian freezes the bank accounts of Rasheed Mohamed Rasheed, former trade minister, according to Al-Arabyia. According to state news agency MENA, the latter would be charged with theft of public money. Considered a close Westerners, he refused to join the new government.
3:32 p.m. After that journalists have been violently targeted on Thursday, the international community calls for their protection. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), headquartered in Brussels, wrote to the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Chafic to cease their attacks against journalists and that his government is committed to protecting them, she said Friday.
Same for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which today called on Egyptian authorities to "protect" journalists covering anti-government protests. The EBU, which includes television and public radio stations in 56 countries from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, in a statement called "the Egyptian authorities to ensure they are not harassed and that if they can work freely. "
3:14 p.m. Asked about Al-Arabyia, the Minister of Health in Egypt confirmed the results of 8 deaths and over 5,000 wounded since Wednesday. 3:09 p.m. The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in Berlin hoped that the ongoing protests in Cairo, calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, take place without violence. "I sincerely hope that today's event does not lead to violence. We have seen too much violence and blood," said Secretary General of the UN.
"It is time to begin a process of peaceful and orderly transition leading to free and fair elections," he reiterated. The transition process should start "as soon as possible," said Ban Ki-moon, adding "the sooner the better."
2:59 p.m. The Guardian reports the comments posted on Twitter by a journalist from Al Jazeera: clashes erupted on Talaat Harb Square, east of Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protest in Cairo.
2:51 p.m. on Friday called Iran an "Islamic revolution in Egypt," saying that the model of the Iranian revolution of 1979 spread like an "earthquake" that could sweep the American influence in the Arab world. "Do not back before the establishment of a regime founded on popular religion," he told the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in a speech in Arabic, Egyptian demonstrators calling for 10 days since the departure of President Hosni Mubarak.
Iran, which this week celebrates the 32nd anniversary of its Islamic revolution, says loud and clear from the beginning that the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia are the sign of an "Islamic awakening". But this is the first time an Iranian leader calls directly to the people of these countries to establish an Islamic regime.
Regain his speech on this video.
2:46 p.m. 800,000 demonstrators are registered in the streets of Alexandria, according to the Daily News Egypt.
2:37 p.m. The channel Al-Arabyia just released on Twitter that fairly localized clashes were observed between Tahrir Square protesters and pro-Mubarak "as they call themselves. The Reuters news agency confirmed: men armed with whips and iron bars stormed on Tahrir Square, camel and horseback, to attack the unarmed demonstrators.
2:32 p.m. According to Al-Arabyia, demonstrations this Friday, "day of departure" of President Mubarak, have gathered in mid-day millions of opponents throughout the country.
2:20 p.m. New American position: the highest ranking U.S. Admiral Michael Mullen, has appeared to dismiss the idea of a freeze on U.S. aid to the Egyptian army, stressing the need not to take any hasty decision In an interview on ABC on Friday. "I would warn against any action as we do not understand what's happening," said Admiral Mullen, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S. aid to the Egyptian army, a $ 1.3 billion per year for 30 years, is "obviously a major investment. But it's an investment that has paid dividends over the long term "he said.
2:11 p.m. The Qatari satellite channel Al-Jazeera said on Friday that his office in Cairo had been attacked by unknown men who destroyed his equipment. Sunday, the Egyptian Minister of Information outgoing, Anas el-Fekkai, had ordered the ban on Al-Jazeera, which has extensively covered the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. The chain had estimated that this decision was aimed at "silencing Egyptian people."
Al-Jazeera, which has always had tense relations with the Egyptian government, covers the continuous anti-government protests which began on January 25 in Egypt. Following the ban, six of its journalists were briefly arrested in Cairo. Contagion in Iraq? Iraq, even democratic, is not sheltered from the wind of revolt that blows on the Arab countries, and its leaders must strive for greater social justice, estimated Iraqi imams during Friday prayers. "We can not say that what happened in the Arab countries will not happen in Iraq, even if the regime is democratic," he warned in his sermon Abdul Mahdi al-Karbala, a representative in the Shiite holy city of Karbala , Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most influential Shiite cleric in Iraq.
2:09 p.m. On Facebook, some images of a field hospital near Tahrir Square.
1:54 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are now on Tahrir Square. The calm atmosphere is given by songs and dances. No trace of pro-Mubarak today.
1:43 p.m. The change is "progress in Egypt as he came in Tunisia," édclare Friday the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, calling the country's authorities to listen to the voice of the people. It also urges the Egyptian authorities to investigate "impartial and transparent" about the recent violence in the country.
1:18 p.m. The Arab League chief, Amr Moussa of Egypt, is Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protest against the Egyptian regime, to help "restore calm," his office said.
24:50 Tens of thousands of Egyptians are massed in Tahrir Square. The event takes place in calm, and supporters of the President, the cause of violent clashes last two days are not visible on Friday, the military has deployed tens of vehicles to create a buffer zone around the place . 12:30 Tens of thousands of people praying on Tahrir Square, the first weekly Friday prayers in this symbolic place of the Egyptian revolt. "We are born free and live free ... I'll ask you to wait until victory," said an imam identified as Khaled al-Marakbi by the faithful.
24:06 Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak says the is a "wise man" and that he should remain in place to ensure the transition to democracy, according to Reuters. However, the Italian prime minister had on Thursday claimed, with four other European leaders that the democratic transition process starts now.
11h27Le Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, said on Al-Jazeera is ready for dialogue with Vice-President Omar Suleiman but after the departure of President Hosni Mubarak. This is the first time the Supreme Leader of the Brotherhood to speak publicly since the beginning of popular protest Jan. 25.
10:40 An anti-tank rocket was fired Friday by the head of State Security in the city of El-Arish, near the border with the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, according to a source within the services security and controls.
10:22 Egyptian Minister of Defense Mohamed Hussein Tantawi went Tahrir Square, where he addressed the demonstrators. Public television said in a banner that the minister "inspect the situation Tahrir Square.
"The man told you he would not run again," he told the minister, referring to President Mubarak announced he would not seek a sixth term as president in September. This announcement has not softened street continue to show hard since.
"Go and tell the guide to sit with them," he added, in apparent allusion to the Supreme Guide of Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and the dialogue launched by the government with the opposition.
10 am Hundreds of people began to flock this Friday morning at Tahrir Square in Cairo, where thousands of demonstrators spent the night again for the "Friday of departure" to obtain the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds of people lined up at a military checkpoint to access the site, the epicenter of the controversy since Jan. 25. Everyone was thoroughly searched by soldiers.
"We want a second entry," chanted dozens of people converged on the Qasr el-Nil bridge, fearing not being able to access the site before the Friday prayer at noon. What you should remember the situation in Egypt on Friday: The Vice-President Omar Suleiman, who was speaking in an interview with Mubarak on ABC, said the army deployed reinforcements would use "never" force against the population. As for the demands of protesters, he said: "Young, you're the spark that lit the fire of reform. Leave now the state time to play his role." Lastly, regarding the call by the Muslim Brotherhood, a mass rally on Friday, Suleiman said that the request amounted to a "call to chaos" and urged the protesters to leave the Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protest in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood had rejected earlier in the week, the call for dialogue of the scheme as "illegitimate."
President Mubarak for his assured, on the ABC have "enough to be president," said wanted to "give up power now, but he could not do so for fear that the country could descend into chaos" . "I do not run away from my country," he says. I'll die on this soil. " 'I never had the intention that my son takes over power, "he says, while Gamal Mubarak has often been considered his heir apparent ... And when it comes to violence of this Wednesday, Egyptian President appointed as principal officials Muslim Brotherhood.
Facing the radicalization of the crisis, the Obama administration would negotiate, since Thursday with Egyptian officials a proposal for an immediate resignation of Mubarak, it was reported in the American newspaper The New York Times. The White House has not confirmed reports the Times, but recognized that dialogue was initiated with the Egyptians to try to resolve the crisis that has lasted 10 days.
On Thursday, violent clashes took place in Cairo between protesters and armed thugs by Hosni Mubarak, came to defend the president in the street. The results of these last two days of violence was 13 dead and 1200 injured, according to The Guardian. At the heart of events this Thursday, many journalists were also targeted. Relive this day of unprecedented anger.

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