Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests
Many Egyptians defied a government curfew Friday night and faced stinging police tear gas as they marched for change.
January 28th, 2011
07:40 PM ET

Unrest in Egypt: President Mubarak dissolves Cabinet after night of protests

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Egypt's major cities on Friday, prompting the government to deploy the army to keep the peace for the first time since unrest began Tuesday. Protesters are demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule. Here are the latest developments as confirmed by CNN.

[Updated 7:40 p.m. (0240 in Egypt)] A senior U.S. State Department official said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "was not particularly forthcoming" in his speech early Saturday. "Our initial impression is that he emphasized security far more than reform," said the official, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record.

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader echoed those sentiments in an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, saying that Mubarak has to step down and the military should intervene, according to Al Jazeera.

[Updated 6:40 p.m. (0140 in Egypt)] U.S. President Barack Obama called on Egyptian authorities Friday to refrain from violence and to reverse any actions they have taken to limit access to the internet in the wake of protests there.

Obama said he spoke to the Egyptian president after he announced plans to dissolve his government and take steps with a new cabinet to implement reforms that will revitalize the economy and create more jobs.

"I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise."

[Updated 6:15 p.m. (0115 in Egypt)] President Mubarak's announcement that he was going to dissolve the government Saturday did not sit well with some protesters.

"Mubarak just blamed the government. We will continue our demonstrations until we get our full demands. We want him to leave. His time is over," said Ahmed, a 19-year-old law student demonstrator in Central Alexandria's Raml Square.

"We are one of the richest Arab countries and we want to live. Let a new government form but if we don't get what we ask for, we will go back to the streets again and again," said Mohammed, a 20- year-old student.

[Updated 5:45 p.m. (0045 in Egypt)] Protesters in the streets of Cairo are calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, chanting in unison "we don't want him." The people in the streets represent all walks of life, from young people to families with children, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

[Updated 5:31 p.m. (0031 in Egypt)] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he has asked the government to resign so he can appoint a new government Saturday. He gave no indication that he would step down or leave the country.

[Updated 5:27 p.m. (0027 in Egypt)] President Hosni Mubarak said he is "on the side of the people" and vowed to take steps to guarantee the rights and freedom of Egyptians, develop job opportunities and to "stand by the poor."

He said early Saturday he sees a fine line "between freedom and chaos" and that he would work to secure both freedom and security in Egypt.

I assure you that I'm working for the people and giving freedoms of opinion as long as you are respecting the law, there is a very little line between freedom and chaos," he said.

"I am absolutely on the side of the freedom of each citizen and at the same time I am on the side of the security of Egypt, and I would not let anything dangerous happen that would threaten the peace and the law and the future of the country."

[Updated 5:16 p.m. (0016 in Egypt)] President Hosni Mubarak is expected to speak soon, state-run Nile TV reports. Mubarak has not made any public appearances today.

[Updated 5:09 p.m. (0009 in Egypt)] It's just after midnight in Egypt and people are still milling about the streets in defiance of a government curfew, but activity has calmed, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports. Riot police appear to have withdrawn from the streets of Cairo and Alexandria after several hours of confrontation with protesters, and in their place the Egyptian Army has taken up presence, guarding government buildings.

State-run media reports that an "important statement" will be given later Friday in Egypt.

[Updated 4:58 p.m. (2358 in Egypt)] Thirteen people have died and 75 were injured in Suez, Egypt, Nile TV reported Friday, citing medical sources.

[Updated 4:51 p.m. (2351 in Egypt)] U.S. stocks plunged Friday - with the Dow industrial average falling 166 points, its largest loss since November, and the Nasdaq exchange losing 3% of its value - as investors grew nervous about political unrest in Egypt.

[Updated 4:35 p.m. (2335 in Egypt)] As public protests against the Mubarak regime spread from Cairo to New York City, Egyptian-American activists on Friday called on the Obama adminstration to back the "Lotus Revolution" to oust the authoritarian ruler. They also called on President Hosni Mubarak's government to end its purported practices of detentions, torture and "extrajudicial killings."

[Updated 4:00 p.m. (2300 in Egypt)] An iReporter visiting Egypt shot this video from his hotel room of demonstrators swarming three Army vehicles as they drove down the street.

[Updated 3:52 p.m. (2252 in Egypt)] The United States will review its aid to Egypt based on what is happening there now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

[Updated 3:31 p.m. (2231 in Egypt)] Egyptian military officials have cut short their talks at the Pentagon to head back to northern Africa, according to Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff. Their meetings with their U.S. military counterparts had been scheduled to continue through Wednesday.

[Updated 3:20 p.m. (2222 in Egypt)] The White House has been in touch with the Egyptian government but U.S. President Barack Obama has not spoken with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a briefing.

"We are deeply concerned about the images and events we see in Egypt today. We monitor those events closely; the security personnel need to refrain from violence, protesters should refrain from violence," he said.

"The legitimate grievances that have festered for quite some time in Egypt have to be addressed by the Egyptian government immediately, and violence is not the response. Space has to be created for meaningful dialogue that addresses those very legitimate grievances."

[Updated 2:56 p.m. (2156 in Egypt)] The building housing the offices of the National Democratic Party, Egypt's ruling party, was burned and ransacked by demonstrators in Cairo on Friday, Nile TV is reporting. A CNN source saw the building burning.

[Updated 2:52 p.m. (2152 in Egypt)] CNN's Steve Kastenbaum spoke with a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco and a Mideast adviser to several presidential administrations about the conditions that led to these demonstrations and where they might spread. Click on the icon to listen:


[Updated 2:41 p.m. (2141 in Egypt)] A reporter for the BBC was bloodied but returned to the air, bandage in place. Watch:

[Updated 2:25 p.m. (2125 in Egypt)] Delta Airlines tells CNN it will have a flight departing Cairo on Saturday and then suspend service to the Egyptian capital indefinitely as a result of the civil unrest.

[Updated 2:21 p.m. (2121 in Egypt)] Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, published late Thursday what is purported to be a guide to Egyptians on how to protest on Friday. The pamphlet includes strategies for taking over government buildings and diagrams showing how to fend off riot police. Read Madrigal's report and see how the pamphlet looks here.

[Updated 2:03 p.m. (2103 in Egypt)] The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert regarding the unrest in Egypt. It cites disrupted travel between cities and the government's interruption of internet and cell phone service. "Given this situation, the Department of State urges U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time and advises U.S. citizens currently in Egypt to defer non-essential movement and to exercise caution," the alert states.

[Updated 1:39 p.m. (2039 in Egypt)] Several high-ranking Egyptian military officials were in the Pentagon on Friday for a previously scheduled visit, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports. They're attending the annual U.S.-Egypt Military Cooperation Committee meetings to discuss military training, security assistance and defense industrial cooperation.

[Updated 1:33 p.m. (2033 in Egypt)] A pair of CNN iReporters sent impressive video of demonstrators forcing riot police to retreat across the Kasr Al Nile Bridge.

[Updated 1:25 p.m. (2025 in Egypt)] The Egyptian government has ordered cell phone companies to shut down service in selected areas, Vodafone says, adding that it is obliged by law to comply with the order.

[Updated 1:19 p.m. (2047 in Egypt)] Demonstrators in Cairo surrounded a military vehicle, but they were cheering the army, a respected institution in Egypt.

[Updated 12:47 p.m. (1947 in Egypt)] Protesters at the Information Ministry in Cairo are chanting, "The people and the army, we are one," CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

[Updated 12:44 p.m. (1944 in Egypt)] Armored personnel carriers are pulling into Alexandria. Protesters are embracing the military presence, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

 [Updated 12:42 p.m. (1942 in Egypt)] Egyptian TV is reporting that the curfew has been extended to all provinces in Egypt.

[Updated 12:37 p.m. (1937 in Egypt)] The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 140 points at midday in New York because of the unrest in Egypt. The price of oil has soared $3.70 a barrel and gold has rallied by more than $22 an ounce.

[Updated 12:21 p.m. (1921 in Egypt)] Demonstrators are attacking a police station in Cairo housing officers who protect the state Information Ministry, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Live gunfire can be heard, he says.

[Updated 12:10 p.m. (1910 in Egypt)] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Egyptian government to exercise restraint in dealing with protests and to respect citizens' human rights. She also cautioned demonstrators to refrain from violence. Clinton asked the government "to allow peaceful protests and reverse the unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications." "We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters and we call on the Egyptian government to do everything within its power to restrain its security forces," Clinton said. "At the same time, protesters should also refrain from violence and express themselves peacefully." Clinton was speaking to reporters at the State Department after a meeting with Colombia's vice president. 

[Updated 11:58 a.m. (1858 in Egypt)] Protesters are trying to make their way into the center of Cairo despite the government's imposition of an overnight curfew, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Egyptian army personnel are not confronting them, and the protesters are treating the soldiers with respect, he says.

[Updated 11:50 a.m. (1850 in Egypt)] Fires can be seen in front of the Egyptian ruling party headquarters in Cairo, state-run Nile TV said Friday night. A Nile TV anchor said "criminals" are setting the blazes.

[Updated 11:34 a.m. (1834 in Egypt)] A protester in Cairo appears to be shot when he picks up a rock to throw at riot police; witnesses and a security source say the man died.

[Updated 11:18 a.m. (1818 in Egypt)] People continue to travel the streets after dark on foot and in vehicles despite the commencement of a government-imposed curfew, live video from Al-Jazeera shows.

[Updated 11:05 a.m. (1805 in Egypt)] Egyptian security forces were shutting the Cairo office of Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera with force on Friday, according to Mohasad Nanabhay, head of new media for the network.

[Updated 10:51 a.m. (1751 in Egypt)] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected to make a speech this evening to address the unrest.

[Updated 10:37 a.m. (1737 in Egypt)] CNN's Nic Roberston reports a police station is among buildings on fire in downtown Alexandria.

[Updated 10:33 a.m. (1730)] The Egyptian government has imposed a curfew in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria, effective less than 30 minutes from now (11 a.m. ET, 1800 in Egypt), according to Egyptian state TV.

[Updated 10:24 a.m. (1724 in Egypt)] See photos taken by a CNN iReporter from a hotel window in Cairo.

[Updated 10:21 a.m. (1721 in Egypt)] Police reportedly are confiscating cameras from guests, including tourists, at the Hilton Hotel in Cairo.

[Updated 10:13 a.m. (1713 in Egypt)] Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest, a high-level security source told CNN Friday.

[Updated 10:04 a.m. (1704 in Egypt)] CNN's Ben Wedeman reports his first sighting of Egyptian army troops getting involved in the unrest in Cairo.

Two armored personnel carriers arrived near a bridge to cries of "Allahu akhbar" from protesters, who apparently believe the army will show more restraint than riot police have, Wedeman reported.

[Updated 9:57 a.m. (1657 in Egypt)] U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called on Egypt's government "to exercise restraint and protect the rights of its citizens to freedom of expression, information and assembly.

"I call on the government to take concrete measures to guarantee the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, including by restoring free use of mobile phones and social networks," she said in a statement.

[Updated 9:49 a.m. (1649 in Egypt)] One woman killed in clashes in Cairo, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reports via Twitter.

[Updated 9:45 a.m. ET (1645 in Egypt) Unrest apparently is worsening in central Alexandria on Friday afternoon, with thick heavy smoke billowing through the streets, eruptions of automatic and single-shot gunfire, and an apparent blaze near the city's Manshia Square, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

[Updated 9:39 a.m. ET] Tweets from CNN iReporters in the past hour:

Salma Al-Hussaini - Says she's an 18-year-old in Dubai: I heard from my cousins. Apparently only landlines are working. & things are frightening, people must stay indoor to stay safe.

Cyberela: Unable to reach my cousin in Heliupolis #Cairo, international mobile phone is dead. :(

Baby B.: I wish I heard from my family in Egypt but I can't thru on their house phone and other means of communication are down. 

[Updated 9:30 a.m.] U.S. President Barack Obama is requesting daily "multiple briefings" on the crisis in Egypt, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Friday.

Obama received a memo from National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on Friday and will get another update during the president's daily briefing on intelligence matters.

[Updated 9:09 a.m.] Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt's independent daily newspaper, tweets: Protesters storm Misr Helwan Street headed to Downtown, chanting, "people want the regime to fall". #25Jan

[Updated 9:06 a.m.] Protesters on a pedestrian bridge throw rocks at police vehicles passing below.

[Updated 9:02 a.m.] Fresh tweets getting through from CNN's Ben Wedeman:

Massive cloud of tear gas at Zamalek end of 6 October Bridge..into the Nile. Protesters continue to chant "Down Down Mubarak. #Jan25 #Egypt

Egypt TV: Police have established complete control in all areas...over pictures of tear gas, burning car, protesters. #Jan25 #Egypt

Madness in central Cairo. Tear gas everywhere police truck drives on 6 October Bridge randomly firing tear gas at point blank range #Jan25

[Updated 8:56 a.m.] iReporters have sent images, videos and descriptions of the unrest in Egypt.

[Updated 8:44 a.m.] Riot police are using tear gas to disperse tens of thousand of protesters on the streets of the Egyptian city of Suez, state TV in Egypt reported Friday. The protests have been violent and about 15,000 riot police have been deployed there, state TV reported.

[Updated 8:34 a.m.] Internet shut down across Egypt, interrupting Twitter and text communication among protest groups.

[Updated 8:29 a.m.] CNN's Nic Robertson tweets from Alexandria that older men are calming younger protesters and talking to police in tear gas-filled streets. Police are falling back in response, calming a volatile situation.

[Updated 7:40 a.m.] A major Egyptian protest group says the government crackdown on demonstrators is occurring across the nation on Friday. Along with Cairo and Alexandria, riot police are cracking down on protesters in Suez, Ismailia, Fayoum, and Shbin Elkoum, according to a message from Egyptian Liberation.

Four French journalists have been arrested in Cairo, said Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry.

[Posted 7:25 a.m.] Clashes have erupted in the Egyptian city of Cairo on Friday, according to CNN reporters at the scene.

Protesters have taken to the street and tear gas was being fired. Plainclothes and riot police have stepped in to confront the protesters.

Police have told Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei not to leave a mosque near downtown Cairo, a security source told CNN.

A CNN crew working to cover the clashes felt the wrath of Egypt's police on Friday.

CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman said police grabbed a camera from network photojournalist Mary Rogers, cracked its viewfinder, and took the camera away.

Wedeman, who gave the account on CNN television, urged police to give back the camera to show that Egypt indeed does believe in freedom of the press.

But, he said, the forces wouldn't agree.

Wedeman and CNN Correspondent Fred Pleitgen said the incident is apparently not isolated since camera crews from other networks have had similar experiences.


soundoff (946 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank

    Cool Off!!!
    :)

    January 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bob

    Ok thats better.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. American

    I'm all for anyone that fights against oppression. Go get you some people of Egypt!!!!! Once I'm done with school I'm jumping in the fight for freedom head on instead of just talking about it like the rest of pampered U.S.A.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill

      When you finish school? How much of a walking contradiction are you?

      Grow up.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anum

      http://www.thecrumbler.com

      January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      you and me both, American.

      excuse you Bill. some people take priority in obtaining a mind-freeing education. you should try it!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOGCIADC

      Look out America this will be happening to a city near you in the future!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaggyhomelessguy

      This isn't the last off revolutions through the middle east.

      I imagine Iran and Palestine will follow suite!!! This is a domino affect and dictators should be aware!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Detter

      and that is how an election is held in Egypt. lol

      He is asking his army will you stand by me when I do this...

      January 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I think Bill is just pointing out that this guy should focus on maturing and becoming a little more street smart before he starts calling over 300 million people hypocrites...just my casual observation

      January 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • levend

      Well Jordan and Saudi's are next I bet, maybe Yemen too. US needs to stop arming dictators.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Horsefeathers that this is going to happen 'in a city near you'. Just shows how LITTLE Tea Baggers understand what is going on in Egypt. This is about the people revolting against a DYNASTIC president. Meaning: Mubarak is trying to set up his SON to take over after him, just like North Korea.
      It is time for the; Far Right, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Rush, Beck and FOX to STOP trying to sew the seeds of FEAR in the American population for political gain. We just had Rep. Bachmann try to rewrite the Federalist Era history for political gain, now you people are trying to spin what is happening in Egypt to America. There is NO comparision. This is not about a black President. This is not about Social Security or a growing national debt. AGAIN, what is happening in Egypt is a revolt against a THIRTY year run of ONE President trying to create a DYNASTY (like the Bushs). Get your facts correct or just go away. Understand?

      January 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Solomon

      First learn the word hypocrisy, however you're doing well in it...

      January 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • libby78

      As the family of a US exchange student in Cairo, I can report they are safe, they can smell and feel tear gas. They are playing board games and learning to cook Egyptian. They lost Facebook, Twitter, cell phone service along with everyone else putting us family members into a panic. But some land lines are working and they call daily. Praying for a safe return as they witness history.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RED

      appoint a new government? what the hell? this guy can appoint an entirely new government just cuz he wants too? thats ridiculous..i've been trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. he's apprently played a huge role in maintaining peace with israel not just for his country but setting an example for other muslim countries to follow suit. however when the citizens want him gone and he thinks he's a one man show replacing an entire government...its time to go dude

      January 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • War919

      Daniel – I agree. But, there is just as much of that fear-mongering going on on the left, so lets have some honesty from both sides. Fear was used to sell health insurance reform along with every other "crisis" that is used as an excuse to pass more ridiculous legislation in an attempt to change who we, as a nation, are. It seems to be the stock in trade for POLITICIANS, regardless of what letter comes after their name.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It was interesting to me when I heard the their government was effectively shutting off their internet access. Just last week I was reading about the bill the Obama administration is trying to pass to be an 'internet kill switch' to 'protect' the people. What we are seeing now is the result of nearly 30 decades of opression and the peoples frustration are boiling over. The US population has been oppressed as well. We pretend we have freedom but our government has been supporting the same tyranical regime for nearly 60 years. The two party system is a joke and distracts people from the true dictatorship. We are fat dumb and happy for the time being but as the costs of living rises, inflation skyrockets and our standard of living drops it is possible that our society here in the US may reach a point where our motivation to stand up to the corrupt government takes us to the streets. We are only different in that our dictators have managed to keep our standard of living up, but it has been declining for a long time we just have so much credit, we havent noticed.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerk

      I'm sure glad I don't own a SUV that gets 5 miles to the gallon.. You guys are so screwed when gas hits 8 dollars a gallon soon.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpyGlass

      COMING TO AMERIKA!!!!! DOWN WITH ALL TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENTS!!!! VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • annonymous

      I wish the common folks in North Korea could watch the unfolding events in Egypt and Tunisia too. The will of the people will triumph, eventually.

      January 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Courtney

    This is not the moment for us to, as Theodore Roosevelt would say, "Walk Softly and Carry and Big Stick" Yes, what the Egyptians want is Justice,Freedom and Democracy. But this is Egypt, not the USA! We need to let THEM work their issues and come to some kind of Compromise. Providing Aid will only give the country the perception that we are going to come to their rescue. That should not be our plan. We have are own problems here in the United States, we need to fix the economy, health care, EDUCATION and bring this country back to the forefront! We do not have the time (or the money) to help out another country.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chaos

      Every election in the Middle East (except for Israel) results in more radical Islamists gaining power. But Rush Limbaugh said Middle East democracy would be a good thing and you all believed him.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lejaune

      We are aiding them, in billions. Look at the tanks on the streets, they are all proudly made in USA and shipped them as aid paid by us the taxpayers.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank

    Hotter than CNN!!! Egypt...Cool your jets!!!
    :)

    January 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sarah

      Easier said than done.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    Campbell is probably right....Hosni is a coward and by now has most likely fled the country with his family. I think by now, his survival depends on it.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mikell

    You know why? 8ecause Bush beleived the people should have democracy.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Annous

      Bush who???? Bush wanted nothing but to kill Muslims and that time ends just a a week ago...there no such thing as radical muslims....Islam is the religion of peace...and stop listening to your stupid media....this is Islam time and we will go back to rule the middle east our way...get out of those countires and leave those people alone....we can decide for ourselves and we don't want American to think for us.....think about solving your own problems and leave those poor people live their own.....just keep your nose out of it.....go back to your own problems.....it is funny to see people saying that the US supplying them with weapons,,,yes it is true, but do you think it is to protect people...no sir it is completely the other way around.....

      January 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miklos Makronallis

      "there no such thing as radical muslims" – Oh yes there are.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SJtR

    Coptic Christians, stand strong!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. sayyo

    Shame on President Obama for not sending military to protect American friends the dictator of Tunisia, and again for not helping their long time friend, the dictator Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. They sent them millions if not billions of dollars for this regime and other dictators in Africa for the last 50 years and beyond. Now how can Obama be silent when they need him most? What will the dictator of other African countries think of the U.S. America now? Even if they killed, tortured, and terrorized there own citizen they always serve the interest of the United State. So, why disappointing our African dictators like Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, and others. America don’t pretend us if you care about the people of Africa, help your darling dictators now. May God bless the United State of America.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Travis

      hahaha agreed, my friend. agreed.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annous

      well said my friend....well said!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      Not. Our. Fight.
      Don' care if you were being sarcastic – the teabaggers will start agree with your first sentence!!

      January 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SnakePliskin

    I'd like to know why the CIA was ordered not to pursue Bin Laden prior to the "official" invasion of Afghanistan. They had him reportedly cornered and possibly injured, yet were given orders not to pursue. I'd also like to know why Heroin is allowed to flow out of that country freely while American forces look the other way. Doesn't sound like the actions of a "good" government to me. If we really wanted to help the Afghanistan people we'd introduce them to modern agriculture so they could grow wheat instead of poppy. Evil or stupid are the only 2 explanations for the US's actions in that country. What happened to the country that ousted Hitler? We can't get some punk in a cave? The facts don't match the rhetoric.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      To be honest, they've been missing Bin Laden since the Clinton administration – as it was Clinton who initially ordered him killed. What – the guy didn't wake up one morning and decide he hated America.
      But let's really try to keep these comments about Egypt. I hate how every time something happens in another country – the discussion becomes about America.
      The world is not all about us.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nigi

    Finally the Poeple of Africa are awake and demanding the fall of dictators. i hope this wind of revolution keeps on blowing and reaches to other countries that suffering in the hands of dictators. MY PRIDICTION IS NEXT IS ETHIOPIA! WE HAD ENOUGH OF THE ONE PARTY BRUTAL DICTATOR CALLED MELES ZENAWI! AND I AM SURE THE WIND OF REVOLUTION WILL REACH ETHIOPIA SOON AND WE THE PEOPLE WILL SHOW THE WORLD THE POWER BELONGS TO US.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. H. Dotlikebanana

    For the second day, and for unexplained reasons, I no longer have internet access to Egyptian main stream news papers and media such http://www.ahram.org.eg/ and http://www.mena.org.eg and many more like it. As I wondered why, I thought I check with those freedom lovers on FaceBook , but they tried to recruit me!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Raouf

    I'm Tunisian and I'm happy tha the Egyptians are finally taking our steps, just like Tunisians, Egyptians are young and live the American way, there not islamist and definately no radicals, they are just young embitious people wanting freedeom and better lives, don't believe a word that Islamic Radicals are the cause of this Riots, not true, the young who revolted aren't religious at all, but want freedom.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Savoeun

      @Raouf, Tres bien, bon Chance! When you are done Can you (Tunisians) and Egyptians come over to Cambodia/Cambodge and teach them to do them same. We are tired of Hun Sen regime for over 30 years! Au revoir mon ami.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      And if you all can unite Africa under a workable coalition (don't use the US model, it's got bugs in it.), you would become a serious force majuer

      January 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Travis

    "Teach the children quietly, for someday sons and daughters, will rise up and fight while we stood still" -Mike & the Mechanics

    YES! the people are fighting back against corrupt government!

    January 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      Great use of that song, Travis! You ROCK.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chaos

    This is what Tea Baggers intended if the Democrats won the elections. Except with 2nd Amendment remedies Just ask Sharon Angle. That's what she said.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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