Smoke rose over the city of Suez on Thursday as sometimes violent
protests continued there. In the capital, a relative calm settled over the
streets in anticipation of a new wave of demonstrations anticipated for
Raising the stakes, the Muslim Brotherhood, long the country’s largest
organized opposition group, intends to end days of official inaction to
enter fully into protests on Friday. On its Web site, the group said it would
join “with all the national Egyptian forces, the Egyptian people, so that
this coming Friday will be the general day of rage for the Egyptian nation.”
Jan 27th, 2011 | By Bikya Masr Staff | Category: Gulf
On Thursday, Egyptians continued pressure on the government as support for anti-government policy continues and citizens take to the street. In Yemen, citizens followed their Egyptian friends in taking to the streets in anger at the government, demanding that the government – in power for over 30-years relinquish power.
Like Tunisia earlier this month and Egypt this week, Yemenis are hoping that grassroots anti-government protests can help spur a change in government. In Tunisia, the president of 23-years was forced to leave office and fled the country.
Yemenis were not prepared anymore to put up with widespread poverty while “corruption is everywhere”, Hakim Almasmari, the Editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post told the BBC World Service.
“They are saying: ‘Enough is enough, we want justice, and those who are corrupt should be taken to court’.”
President Ali Abdullah Saleh now joins Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak on the edge of chaos. The question now for the region is what these aging dictators will do. Will they relinquish their power, or will they use the heavy hand of government to put down, even more violently, the protesters who have taken to the streets.
As Thursday comes to an end in Yemen, thousands of citizens continue to demonstration in the capital, Sana’a. They are hoping to make change happen.
Almasmari said the opposition had decided to initiate protests against the president because “they felt that all chances of a dialogue with the ruling party are vanishing.”
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
What comes next if events unrolled naturally. Is there a leaning more to a theocracy? Are these young people more secular? Egypt's population has gone from around 40 million to around 80 million since Mubarak has been in power. The median age is 24 for 2010. Egpyt's religious makeup - Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, other Christian 1%.
If this is real - I can see why Israel would be freaked out. Or is there a Black Hand ((Serbian: Црна рука, Crna ruka), officially Unity or Death (Уједињење или смрт, Ujedinjenje ili smrt), was a military secret society founded in ..) like show being orchestrated? I think this is for real. Maybe some other interest at play here? Is there not huge oil/gas exploration efforts going on in Egypt on land/offshore pre-drilling right now? _________________ The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb
Egyptian protesters chase police from main
Cairo square, some officers join demonstrators
By MAGGIE MICHAEL | Associated Press | 14 minutes ago in World
Thousands of anti-government protesters wielding rocks, glass and sticks
chased hundreds of riot police away from the main square in downtown
Cairo and several of the policemen stripped off their uniforms and badges
and joined the demonstrators.
An Associated Press reporter saw the protesters cheering the police who
joined them and hoisting them on their shoulders in one of the many
dramatic and chaotic scenes across Egypt on Friday.
After chasing the police, thousands of protesters were able to flood into
the huge Tahrir Square downtown after being kept out most of the day by
a very heavy police presence. Few police could be seen around the
square after the confrontation...........
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