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In Egypt, Army Starts To Get Tougher

A rally that brought over 100,000 demonstrators to Egypt’s Tahrir Square was dispersed this morning by Egyptian soldiers firing in the air and using batons and tasers against demonstrators who were demanding that the Hosni Mubarak cabinet be purged by the country’s new military leaders.

Egyptians had gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate the two week mark since Mubarak’s removal and to remind the military rulers now in charge of its commitments to the people at the time of Mubarak’s ouster.

One of the commitments was to install a team of technocrats to replace the Mubarak-appointed cabinet. Activists are using the demonstrations to guard against “counter-revolution” of the people’s power.

But after midnight, demonstrators said the military fired in the air, shut off the light from lamp posts, and moved in on protesters to force them to leave the square, in an unusual use of military force against protesters since Mubarak’s fall.

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Egypt: Some Protesters Still Unaccounted

Ed. Note: Not everyone has returned from Tahrir Square. This website is making an urgent personal plea to the Egyptians that come here every hour: Please demand an accounting of your comrades. It is up to you to protect the honor of your Revolution by demanding and receiving a complete accounting of those who stood with you.

“Perhaps he has been killed, he has been injured, he has been detained,” says his father, Mohammed Bakir, at home in the neighborhood of Mohandiseen.

Mohammed says he visited all the hospitals and morgues of Cairo, looking for his son, Ziad Bakir, but found nothing.

Ziad, a 37-year-old father of three, is a graphic designer who was not much interested in politics. But conscious, in late January, that something hugely important was happening.

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US Reporter Was Sexually Attacked In Egypt During Tahrir Square Celebration

CBS News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Lara Logan, was subjected to “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” while covering the Egyptian protests, according to a statement released by CBS News today.

The CBS statement said “on the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a ’60 Minutes’ story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration.

Complete article via World Scene Today


Not All Squares Are Identical


Official Warnings Get Threatening

As Egypt’s uprising entered its 17th day on Thursday, bolstered by labor strikes and worker protests across the country, a senior official in President Hosni Mubarak’s embattled government was quoted as saying the army would “intervene to control the country” if it fell into chaos.

The warning by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit seemed to add a further ominous tone to earlier comments by the newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman who said the alternatives facing tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding Mubarak’s ouster were dialogue with the authorities or “a coup.”

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Government Digs In, Issues Warnings As Protests Grow And Tensions Rise

Anti-government protests in the Egyptian capital Cairo have spread to the country’s parliament, with access blocked by demonstrators.

Soldiers are guarding the People’s Assembly building after a 16th consecutive day of protests.

They took place despite a warning by Vice-President Omar Suleiman that demonstrations must end.

There are reports of widespread industrial action, and of protests outside Cairo turning violent.

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These Two Aren’t Protesting

Dr. Ahmad Zaafan and his new wife, Oula Abdul Hamid, were married today in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.


Reuters: Heavy Gunfire in Tahrir Square

Reuters is now reporting heavy gunfire in Tahrir Square.

Earlier, Reuters posted this single-sentence update: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman will meet a group of prominent independent figures on Saturday promoting a solution to the crisis that would see him assume the president’s powers for an interim period, Diaa Rashwan, one of the group invitees tells Reuters.


Prayer Time in Cairo’s Tahrir Square


Cairo Protests Reach Largest Crowd Yet

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will step down after elections this year, bowing after 29 years in power to a popular uprising that has begun to reshape the Middle East.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will step down from power after his term expires this fall, for the first time setting a date to end his three decades of authoritarian rule.

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