As you know, there was a massive protest in Tahrir Square yesterday. Local reports suggest as many as one and a half million gathered in the square to ask for more rapid reform and oppose corruption. According to a lecture I attended moderated by Dr. Ibrahim Awad the other day, what may have taken place on January 25th was not so much a Revolution, but a situation in which a slightly more liberal part of the government (SCAF) ousted a more conservative, and stale part of the government (Mubarak).
Citizens are increasingly dismayed by the slow rate of reform in the post-revolutionary period. Further, the SCAF has become gradually more repressive, restricting rights of freedom of organization and freedom of assembly, rushing through edicts with no public input, and limiting the right of the people to form the political parties of their choice. This is leading to anger and frustration among Egyptian citizens.
Things came to a head yesterday. News reporting is very unclear, but some kind of fighting broke out yesterday. Local sources differ regarding exactly what happened. One version is that NDP (Mubarak) thugs caused trouble, dressing up as army people. One version is that some soldiers joined the protesters. Regardless, it appears that there was fighting between protesters and the Army. Protesters have put barricades of barbed wire around square.
Here is a flash update.
Political Leaders Call for Peace with Army as Protesters Pledge to Continue. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/393206
Egyptian Museum Closed Following Clashes
Egyptians turn Anger on Army in Tahrir Protest
Police Fire on Crowd in Tahrir Square
Egypt Army to Use Force To Clear Protests
Egypt's Youth Leaders Vow Continued Protests
These articles might interest you :
Feb. 18th The iPad and TV presenters; also, covering Middle East protests There are 0 comments (Add your thoughts) Email or Print this article. Update #3,... Read moreBy Themarioblog
ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, POLITICS, SOCIETY
On March 23, 2011, Amnesty International issued a report that there were forced 'virginity tests' inflicted by the Egyptian Army upon women protesters arrested... Read moreBy Warigia
CURRENT, DEBATE, SOCIETY
Photo Credits, Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper, English Edition, June 29, 2011Dear readers I have been very busy with work. I just finished teaching an accelerated... Read moreBy Warigia
Well, the protest in Tahrir has been going strong for a week now. And furthermore, the Revolution has been going on for nearly six months. Read moreBy Warigia
CURRENT, DEBATE, POLITICS
The British army is set to shrink to its smallest size in over a century. Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced cuts that, in concert with last year’s... Read moreBy Periscope
Violent protests have hit Chile one year after the dramatic rescue of the 33 trapped miners. Read moreBy Periscope
The last day of baseball's regular season. My Twins and most of the other teams have been living posthumously for weeks and weeks. They've played more than fift... Read moreBy Erictheblue
MOST RECOMMENDED IN CURRENT
- Doanld Trump Speaking to Himself on Foreign Policy by Rvbadalam
- Palestinian Terrorism against Israel, 2016 by Arirusila