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Kevin Brown
10 Feb 11,, 19:42
According to various news outlets, President Mubarak is planning to address the people of Egypt this evening while denying that he is stepping down. However, this somewhat conflicts with reports by members of the Egyptian Army saying that they are in control and that all the protesters demands will be met.

This can be found on both CNN and BBC,

Stay tuned for more everyone here at WAB. As it looks like something big might be happening again.

Bigfella
10 Feb 11,, 19:54
Looks like the end is in sight. As predicted, the military is stepping in to end this.


Mubarak regime totters, military steps in

05:14 AEST Fri Feb 11 2011

Mona Salem


Egypt's military says it will respond to the "legitimate" demands of the people as President Hosni Mubarak's regime tottered in the face of massive nationwide protests demanding his overthrow.

It was not immediately clear if the announcement spelled the end of Mubarak's 30-year-reign, the central demand of hundreds of thousands of people who have filled the country's streets in the two-week-old uprising.

Egyptian television interrupted all programming to present footage of a panel of senior military officers, one of whom read out a statement described as "communique number one" of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

"In support of the legitimate demands of the people," the army "will continue meeting... to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation and its gains and the ambitions of the great Egyptian people," it said.

The head of Mubarak's ruling party Hossam Badrawi had earlier told BBC the embattled president would "respond to the people's demands by tomorrow."

Badrawi did not specify that he was referring to Mubarak stepping down, but a senior military officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that troops were "awaiting orders that will make the people happy."

Tens of thousands of Egyptian workers went on strike on the eve of Friday's Muslim day of prayers, when pro-democracy groups had urged millions to turn out in what they hope will be the biggest show of defiance yet.

The strikes had swept private and public sector workplaces in cities across Egypt, labour unions said, as the opposition braved stark warnings from Mubarak's lieutenants that they could face a military crackdown.

In Cairo, some 3000 health workers marched to join the anti-regime crowds that have blockaded parliament and occupied central Cairo's "liberated" Tahrir Square, symbolic epicentre of the popular revolt.

A security official confirmed union reports that thousands of employees in the public sector were staging strikes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the canal city of Suez and elsewhere on the north coast and the Red Sea.

Union leader Kamal Abbas said that since nationwide rallies erupted on January 25 to demand an end to Mubarak's 30-year rule, "we have started to hear of the billions of dollars that officials hold in personal accounts.

"So many employees feel it is time to stand up and demand their rights."

Workers at Egypt's largest factory - the Misr Spinning and Weaving textile plant, which employs 24,000 people in the Nile Delta - padlocked the buildings and massed in front of the administrative offices.

"We are striking first of all to show solidarity with the protesters in Tahrir Square," one strike organiser, Faisal Naousha, said by telephone. "We also want court rulings lifting the minimum wage to be implemented."

Around 100 lawyers in suits and ties and "revolutionary" youth marched to the Abdeen presidential palace near Tahrir but were stopped by the army, at which point they knelt in afternoon prayers at a crowded intersection.

"This is a legitimate revolution... It is our right to bring down this corrupt regime," Mohammed Mursi, one of the lawyers, said.

The strikes broke out as both sides in Egypt's conflict toughened their rhetoric, with Vice President Omar Suleiman and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit tacitly threatening to turn to the military to regain control.

"Long live Egypt! Down with Hosni Mubarak!" protesters chanted in the street outside parliament, now lined with makeshift shelters and anti-regime posters.

"If we don't die here we'll die in prison. I'd prefer to die here," said Attiya Abuella, 24, an unemployed graduate.

He said he was jailed last year for 60 days, spending hours with his wrists chained to the ceiling or naked in his cell, for taking photographs during legislative elections that were widely seen as rigged.

In Tahrir Square, volunteers have erected portable toilets, indicating the protesters have no intention of leaving the area, now a sprawling tent city with sound stages, food vendors and a mobile phone charging station.

Hundreds of protesters from a run-down slum in the canal city of Port Said torched the police headquarters and burned police cars before storming the province headquarters for the second time in two days, witnesses said.

On Wednesday, the unrest stretched as far as the remote oasis of Kharga, where at least five people were killed and 100 wounded when security forces opened fire on demonstrators, a security official told AFP.

Mubarak has charged Suleiman, the 82-year-old strongman's long-time spy chief, with drawing selected opposition groups into negotiations on democratic reform before elections due in September, when he has said he will step down.

Some groups have joined the talks, but one formerly loyal party, the left-wing Tagammu, dropped out on Thursday, and the crowds in Tahrir Square insist that Mubarak must go before they will leave the central plaza.

The United States is watching events with concern, pushing the regime to make rapid constitutional changes in the hope a transition to elected rule can take place without violence or an Islamist or military takeover

Mihais
10 Feb 11,, 21:10
Not just yet.In the greater scheme of things it's of course irrelevant.

visioninthedark
10 Feb 11,, 21:50
He's not leaving. He doesn't get it? does he .... crowd is shouting "irhal - irhal" meaning "GO - GO" ..... but he doesn't get the message ..... how thick does a man have to be to not understand a simple message that his whole population is giving to him in one word .... "irhal" !! I am afraid he is giving the population no other choice ..... so far they have been polite and civilised .... but I don't think he understands the language of politeness .....

Kevin Brown
10 Feb 11,, 22:40
He's not leaving. He doesn't get it? does he .... crowd is shouting "irhal - irhal" meaning "GO - GO" ..... but he doesn't get the message ..... how thick does a man have to be to not understand a simple message that his whole population is giving to him in one word .... "irhal" !! I am afraid he is giving the population no other choice ..... so far they have been polite and civilised .... but I don't think he understands the language of politeness .....

The longer Mubarak tries to holdout the worse off the end result in Egypt is going to be. However, I suppose he could ride it out like the leadership in Iran did, but the big diffrence here is they used brute force to put down that attempted revolution an Iran is a more closed off country then Egypt.

visioninthedark
11 Feb 11,, 00:04
True .... one other difference is that Ahmedinejad has not been in power for 30 years with a continuous state-of-emergency law in place ....

Bigfella
11 Feb 11,, 07:04
This could get extremely ugly. The longer this drags on the more likely it will descend further into violence. If you shut out moderates then you strengthen extremists.

dave lukins
11 Feb 11,, 11:17
Looks like the Military are backing Mubarak. For now anyway.

"Egypt's military has announced its support of President Hosni Mubarak's decision not to resign, saying Friday that it endorses his plan for a peaceful transfer of power, and for free and fair presidential elections later in the year".



Read more: CBC News - World - Egyptian military pledges support to Mubarak (http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/11/egypt-cairo-protests-mubarak.html#ixzz1DeEakDzV)

Kevin Brown
11 Feb 11,, 14:38
Mubarak is to make another statement soon according to Fox News.

Kevin Brown
11 Feb 11,, 16:04
BREAKING;

According to initial reports from Fox News that Mubarak has resigned.

tankie
11 Feb 11,, 16:16
BREAKING;

According to initial reports from Fox News that Mubarak has resigned.

Yup on the beeb now and the army is in control for the moment

Mihais
11 Feb 11,, 16:16
Mubarak has resigned.The circumstances are unclear,but the dice is cast.

visioninthedark
11 Feb 11,, 16:34
Congrats to the people of Egypt !

random_reader
11 Feb 11,, 18:04
Now for the hard part where shouting doesn't actually help.

Double Edge
11 Feb 11,, 18:06
Mubarak is gone, this means so is Suleiman as Prez & VP go at the same time.

According to one of the articles in my local paper said that by the existing constitution they have to elect another prez in two months. But given they will probably be rewiting a new consitituion this might not have much weight any more.

It seems like it may take till year end until they are able to have some sort of elections.

I have to say i'm surprised, i'd expected him to hold on till Sept. Something must have happened recently behind the scenes for the army to withdraw support for him.