Jan 25, 2011

anti-government protests in Egypt 25 January 2011

In Cairo during a day of anti-government protests in Egypt at least three people have been killed where the biggest rallies were held, state TV said a policeman had died in clashes. The two protesters died in Suez 
Otherwise more than 10 thousands joined the protests after an internet campaign inspired by the uprising in Tunisia. 
In Cairo, police used tear gas and water cannon in an attempt to disperse the crowds.
As night fell in Cairo, thousands of demonstrators remained in the city centre around Tahrir Square, vowing to camp out overnight and setting the stage for further confrontation.

The Activists had called for a "day of revolt" in a web message. Protests are uncommon in Egypt, which President Hosni Mubarak has ruled since 1981, tolerating little dissent.
Also most striking was the boldness and anger of the protesters. Even when the police moved in with water cannon and tear gas, they stood their ground.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her administration supported "the fundamental right of expression and assembly" and urged all parties "to exercise restraint".
She added that Washington believed the Egyptian government was "stable" and "looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people".

The events in Cairo were co-ordinated on a Facebook page - tens of thousands of supporters clicked on the page to say they would take part.

Otherwise An Italian news publication has just announced that Gamal Mubarak, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son who is widely tipped as his successor, has fled to London with his family, Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab said on Tuesday, January 24, 2011.

Gamal Mubarak is seen as Hosni Mubarak's successor. The report is unconfirmed, but goes on to say that the family and 97 pieces of luggage on board left for London on Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo.

The day has seen a revolutionary uprising of Egyptians against the regime of Hosni Mubarak asking for his resignation. Police and protesters clashed, and an anti-riot police officer was killed in Central Cairo.

Taking part in the protest were supporters of former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed El Baradei, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the opposition al-Ghad party, the al-Wafd party and supporters of the '6 April' movement.

The things we have to know is Mubarak has shown little tolerance for protests in the past.

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