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. tankrothchild

    Take a good hard look America. When our elected officials fail us and continue to do the work of the elitists, this is how we should respond.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralf the Dog

      No, we live in a democracy. If you don't like the current government, vote for someone else. Most Americans like our system and those we elect to office. The few Tea Freaks are the exception.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You forget that WE put our elected official in place and WE can remove them in the next election. There is no comparison with Egypt. The people did not put Murbarak in place thirty years ago and they have no mechanism for removing him except revolution. Our system is designed to make this kind of messy change unnecessary. And it has worked damn well for the last two hundred some years.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      How old are you 8? You are definitely not an adult.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • onepartypolitics

      In our future, our system will be challenged not the politicians. They know how to play the game–say what ever it takes to get in, once in, go with the system that's been set up by the lobbyists and corporations. What worked 200 years ago will not work today or tomorrow because the past founding fathers were not greedy; they loved America more than they loved themselves.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'What worked 200 years ago will not work today or tomorrow because the past founding fathers were not greedy; they loved America more than they loved themselves'
      Based on what criteria? I am sorry but they were as human as the rest of us.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb Galentine

      We did! It was called "The '60's" ~ the peace protests, the Chicago riots, the marches on Washington, etc. Every 100 years our country has experienced a revolution: The American Revolution, The Civil War, The '60's. It's coming again, and this time it may occur sooner than the 100 year interval, thanks to the utter foolishness & chaos in our government & the shenanigans of CIA.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tankrothchild

      You all are joking right? You think we have any choice in our politicians? Do you really believe our system is "working"? Please sign me up for your pharmaceuticals because I want to live in your fairy land of gumdrops and candy coated sugar trees. Take a good hard look at the relationships of our last 8 presidents, there is a very tight network of individuals who run this show.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Egypt forever

    His weak corrupted system shows in: blocking the internet, pushing with military to help his police, etc. Even if he won this round, it will never be like the last 30 years. you'd rather keep your baby son away or he will be beaten with real egyptain men. Better that Gamal won't ever dream he will rule the 80 million egyptain because they won't leave to do it!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    If Mubarak thinks he can talk his way out of this, he's not read very much history. It's already out of his control. He should be inviting El Baradei to visit him for consultations, not confining him and thus making a martyr of him.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. logan

    Looks a lot like Iran, and they've even started killing people now! Yay!

    January 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. libfraega

    PAN IS RUNNING THROUGH THE STREETS OF CAIRO... Congratulations to the egyptian people who are engaged in this valid legal uprising in an effort to cast off the shackles of opression and corruption. The UN high commissioner urges the government of egypt to respect the rights of freedom of information, assembly, self expression. LOL We hardly have those things here the only right you have is what you can afford to pay the lawyer for... Freedom of assembly that went out the window under ronald and nancy reagan... You want to assemble? you need a permit. Since you need a permit we can say no so your right to assemble is tenous and doesnt really exist UNLESS YOU PAY A SHEISTER and hire x number of off duty pigs for your event (and probably at substantially more than your paying your other staff). If you dont do this the pigs will harass your patrons probably find something wrong so that they can extort you for more coin and may very likely set up a DWI and PAPERS CHECKPOINT down the street for your not having played along. But enough about us..... THE WORLD IS WITH YOU EGYPT! WE LOVE YOU! May your movement be blessed with success and new leadership of YOUR choosing. MAY HORUS VISIT ALL OPRESSORS WITH VENGEANCE

    January 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I must say....you've pretty much nailed it. Couldn't have said it better myself.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Amen to that brother!

      January 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • onepartypolitics

      YEAH AMEN TO THE TRUTH. Our government officials have their rights in mind and not ours. Wow We have to get a permit to speak out, no wonder the american people could not stop the war in Iraq–we are poor and will become poorer to make sure we don't protest.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • WatchTheRhetoric

      Pigs? My father was a cop. He was a *public servant* who worked to keep people like you and your loved ones safe. He put his life on the line every day to protect people whom he'd never met; that makes him a hero.

      Yet, you feel comfortable calling him a "pig" from your cozy cave & the dark anonymity your trusty keyboard provides; that makes you a coward.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    There are no women in the streets. This concerns me. Freedom is for all.I have to say this.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      We could write novels about the hypocrisy of the feminist grrrl power paradigm. Every man knows when push comes to shove, women will look for the first guy they can find to put between themselves and danger.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • heba

      I saw women in many pic and videos from there.
      the 6 *announced* dead has at least one woman.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Reporters from the UK"s Guardian and others have reported that at least 50% of the protesters have been women. Although, with the army and police responding so violently today, my guess is that more women are staying at home. I don't blame them!

      January 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • heba

      @GT66
      maybe it can be explained better with evolution: women are more precious for the survival of the young.
      men tend to die younger in more number even in peaceful situations.
      women have the kind of courage that is weaker in main mainly: keeping the family strong when the partner dies.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • heba

      @ Steve
      the military there could use women to scatter the attention of the protestors from their demands to saving the women from the army hands. it depends on how strong the woman feels..and if she can run, push back..etc..

      January 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USDoomed

    Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

    The cat's out of the bag. These one party states tend to stick together.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Well spoken, sir.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peanut the Destroyer

      What is he supposed to say without making it worse?? Egypt has been a leader in international affairs in the region – its true. Does this make them a good domestic government? No. Is it our business? No. Its Egypts business and they alone must resolve it. Freedom is earned, not given. I wish the people of Egypt every chance and luck for more human rights and political and economic freedom. Its up to them to get it – not us. We make a grave error to meddle here.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Hey don't forget USDoomed, Saddam was an ally for a number of years even whilst he was being a more obvious dictator.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Cooper

      @Peanut "is it our business". We sure seemed to think it was our business when we supported this guy for the last 20 years. Right up to a few days ago with Biden's statement. We sure seem to support him when we send our "enemy combatants" to Egypt to be tortured by his govt. But for some reason when it comes to helping the people we've been helping to oppress for the last 20 years, you think we should just but out?

      New for you, this guy, the way he runs his country, it's partly our fault. We should be helping to clean up our own mess.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Faithful Muslims who follow the Koran will always be defending their homeland from what the Koran calls 'infidels". Until they are all dead and all that remain are "in name only" Muslims who ignore their own holy book in favor of joining with the invading nations, we will see trouble. Just like we would if the US were invaded. Until every last American who refused to side with the invaders was dead, there would be trouble for the invaders.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephanie

    Mubarek leave! Mubarek leave! Saudia Arabia is waiting for you! Greed and corruption no more!

    January 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. UFO2012

    It is time for this ugly regime who always kissed the ass of US government to leave. Also this regime always protected the Zionism regime of Israel that the Palestinian people.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      No. The good people of Egypt should toss their government for the simple reason that the government has stopped listening to its citizens. Don't have to bring hate, racism or anything like that into it.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Denalda B

    Dear Secretary Clinton:
    If the people in Eygpt are opressed they have no choice but to protest. They are suffering and they truly need outside pressure to make the dictatorship in Eygpt a democracy. Change is needed. They want freedom just like we have in the US.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    I feel for the people in egypt, It's good they are making a stand for what they want and believe. But honestly if Obama were to get involved with this, everyone would hate him and America more then they aready do. Every time America gets involved in anything, even if its the right thing to do. The rest of the world hates us for it. Look at what happened in Iraq...

    January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denalda B

      Things can be done to help the Eygptian people without using military force...diplomacy and pressure for him to step down or to allow the people of Eygpt to have a ligitemate election...and this is what all free people deserve..the right to choose, if the government is not doing right by its own people then they should be able to have them replaced by elections that are not rigged. Thats all.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMurdo

      America is involved. Do you honestly think Mubarak would support us if we weren't paying him a billion a year to do so? America is willing to support tyrants and dictators who murder and jail diissidents as long as it protects Israel or American oil interests.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Cooper

      Right on McMurdo!
      We've been supporting this guy for years. THIS IS PARTLY OUR FAULT! If we really wanted freedom in the region we'd put the $1.3B carrot on a stick and make Mubarak walk for it. But if Bidens' latest comments are any indication, that's not going to happen.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AKILEZ

    I am Filipino living in Boston. If the Egyptian people will keep on throwing rocks in violent protest.
    People Power will never work the oust Mubarak. REMEMBER NON VOILENT PROTEST MY FELLOW EGYPTIANS

    January 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. heba

    what sounds like automatic guns and live firing in Cairo
    from Aljazeera

    January 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • heba

      military vehicles in the streets of Cairo
      live ammunition might be fired from some. protesters toppled a vehicles that was shooting at them, the police/soldiers managed to escape from it
      aljazeera

      January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sillyme

    I talked to a few Egyptian colleagues of mine, who are well educated and migrated to the US in recent years but still visit Egypt on a regular basis. They said Mubarak is not that bad. A new guy might be much worse.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      "Might be worse." Are you stupid? Lol. He is there now, denying all freedoms, torturing, abusing, the works... Get him out then figure it out. That is when the U.S. will step in (again).

      January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • KDW31

      I think the people should have self determination, but what your friends said is a real concern. Look at recent history with the overthrow of regimes. The Shah of Iran was a dictator that the US helped to keep in power, similar to what our policies have been with Egypt. When the people of Iran rose up and overthrew the government what did it do for them? Instead of freedom and rights that many of them wanted they got a religious theocracy that is just as bad or worse than the Shah was.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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