Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday
Vehicles burn in front of Cairo's Egyptian Museum early Thursday as people protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak face off against pro-Mubarak crowds.
February 2nd, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

[Update 5:35 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:35 p.m. ET Wednesday] The U.S. State Department has offered via Twitter an amended advisory to U.S. citizens in Egypt, saying now that those who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight should report to the airport "ASAP after the morning end of curfew."

Earlier, the department tweeted that such U.S. citizens should report to the airport immediately.

[Update 5:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] All remaining U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight "should report to airport immediately," the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs said via Twitter minutes ago.

"Further delay is not advisable," the tweet said.

The State Department offers further information for U.S. citizens in Egypt on the department's website.

[Update 4:51 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:51 p.m. ET Wednesday] CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting on the gunfire that was heard in central Cairo minutes ago, said it took place along the barricaded edges of Tahrir Square, where anti-government protesters stayed through the night, facing off with pro-government people.

CNN personnel are seeing wounded being carried into Tahrir Square from the Egyptian Museum entrance to the square. Ambulances also are coming into the square.

Watson reported that he could hear both automatic gunfire and single shots, and that perhaps six young men - possibly wounded - were carried away. One appeared to have been shot in the abdomen, Watson reported.

[Update 4:33 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:33 p.m. ET Wednesday] Heavy gunfire reverberated in central Cairo early Thursday as anti- and pro-government protesters continued to face off at Tahrir Square.

[Update 3:43 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:43 p.m. ET Wednesday] Chartered flights evacuating U.S. citizens from Cairo will run again on Thursday, but after that, U.S. officials will assess whether the operation should be continued, the U.S. State Department said.

More than 1,900 U.S. citizens and their family members have left Egypt since an evacuation operation began Monday, according to State Department statement. The State Department has been providing passage for any U.S. citizen wishing to leave Egypt.

[Update 3:28 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:28 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the video below, CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Molotov cocktails that have been thrown Wednesday night and Thursday morning between supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum.

Watson reports of a "constant stream of wounded people being brought from these front lines between these two warring camps," and "people being treated along the sidewalks, underneath the street lamps ... by medics in lab coats."

"We've seen teams of opposition protesters who've been hard at work digging up the asphalt here in Tahrir Square to pull out stones to use as ammunition in the ongoing battles that have gone thoughout the day," Watson said early Thursday.

[Update 3:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has reiterated the government stance that the people have been heard, that they should go home and that they should stop demonstrating.

Protesters should respect the curfew and "enable people to return to their jobs and their daily lives, and to allow schools and universities to reopen," he said in a statement.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still are in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Some of them have set up sheet-metal barricades outside the Egyptian Museum to hold off some pro-Mubarak crowds, who on Wednesday engaged in bloody clashes with the protesters. The pro-Mubarak people, who dwindled in number Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, still are lobbing Molotov cocktails at the protesters.

The Health Ministry has said three people died and 639 were injured in Wednesday's clashes in Cairo. CNN reporters at the square early Thursday morning say medics have been tending to the wounded in makeshift triage areas, and ambulances were arriving every few minutes. The Egyptian military is at the square and the museum but generally have stood by during the clashes, CNN reporters have said.

[Update 2:54 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:54 p.m. ET Wednesday] The video below is a roundup, from CNN's correspondents in Cairo, of what happened during Wednesday's demonstrations and clashes between anti-Mubarak protesters and people supporting the president.

[Update 2:21 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:21 p.m. ET Wednesday] At least three fires are burning outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum as people supporting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throw Molotov cocktails toward anti-Mubarak protesters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

The number in the pro-Mubarak crowd has dwindled, and anti-Mubarak protesters - having slowly advanced behind tall sheets of metal - have controlled the area in front of the museum near Tahrir Square for the past few hours. Anti-Mubarak protesters have been banging on the metal into the night. Some of them are having to dodge Molotov cocktails thrown by the other side, Cooper said.

"Every time one of the Molotov cocktails thrown by the pro-Mubarak forces hits inside a crowd of people in the anti-Mubarak group, you can hear a cheer going up from the pro-Mubarak side," Cooper said.

Sustained automatic weapons fire also could be heard early Thursday around Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of nine days of protests calling for Mubarak's ouster.

[Update 2:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Ambulances were arriving every few minutes early Thursday at a hospital about a 10-minute drive from Tahrir Square, scene of bloody mayhem in Cairo. Many of the wounded have injuries to the head. Others have stab wounds or were burned by Molotov cocktails.

[Update 1:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 6:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] A tree outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum appears to be on fire, and Molotov cocktails still ocassionally are being thrown between groups of protesters, CNN's Hala Gorani reports.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier pushed back pro-Mubarak crowds from the street in front of the museum, near Tahrir Square. Though Molotov cocktails still are being thrown, the two sides don't appear to be in physical contact.

[Update 12:40 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:40 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the following video, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on being attacked as he and colleagues tried to approach supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday.

[Update 12:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appear to have pushed pro-Mubarak crowds away from Cairo's Egyptian Museum, though the two sides still are clashing, with Molotov cocktails being thrown, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Ivan Watson report. Molotov cocktails have been thrown for hours.

A few vehicles have been set on fire in front of the museum. The military is there, but is not doing much other than putting out fires in front of the museum, Watson said.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are still in and around Tahrir Square, Watson reported. Medics are tending to some wounded people, and many protesters are wearing slings or bandages, Watson said.

[Update 11:58 p.m. Cairo, 4:58 p.m. ET] Three people died and 639 were injured in clashes Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Egyptian health minister told state-run Nile TV.

[Update 11:50 p.m. Cairo, 4:50 p.m. ET] The Cairo bureau chief for Al-Arabiya tells CNN that protesters beat two Al-Arabiya reporters and harassed a third in separate incidents Wednesday. In one incident in Giza, people stole an Al-Arabiya reporter's watch and beat him - he eventually was rescued and taken to a hospital, where he was in an intensive care unit, the bureau chief said. In a second incident, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a reporter was "beaten like hell" after he identified himself as working for Al-Arabiya, the bureau chief said.

[Update 11:35 p.m. Cairo, 4:35 p.m. ET] Late Wednesday, anti-Mubarak protesters near the Egyptian Museum were appearing to be gaining more ground in their clashes with the president's supporters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported. It remained unclear whether such confrontations were being repeated elsewhere.

A state-run Nile TV flashed a warning ordering people to adhere to a government-imposed curfew and clear out of Tahrir Square, but a crowd - though a less intense one - remained in the downtown plaza into the night.

In the following video, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports that although the number of protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square was decreasing late Wednesday, people still were tossing petrol bombs.

[Update 11:19 p.m. Cairo, 4:19 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "Alexandria protesters say they plan big event on Friday, describe as the 'day of farewell to #Mubarak #egypt #jan25"

Robertson also tweeted that an Alexandria protest organizer said: "'This is the day that we hope Egypt can be finally free of #Mubarak, his dynasty & his thugs."

[Update 11:10 p.m. Cairo, 4:10 p.m. ET] The United States doesn't know the identity of "thugs" who attacked anti-government protesters Wednesday in Egypt, but others have identified them as "supporters of the government," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

"This was clearly an attempt at intimidating the protesters," Crowley said.

[Update 10:55 p.m. Cairo, 3:55 p.m. ET] Leaders from the United Nations, the United Kingdom and Germany have joined a chorus of condemnation of Wednesday's eruption of violence in Cairo.

[Update 10:27 p.m. Cairo, 3:27 p.m. ET] A journalist captured these images of people throwing rocks, brandishing knives and tending to injured people during protests in central Cairo, near Tahrir Square, on Wednesday:

[Update 10:07 p.m. Cairo, 3:06 p.m. ET] Some of the protesters on the streets of Cairo are now targeting journalists. A Belgian reporter on Wednesday was arrested, beaten and accused of being a spy by men in plain clothes in the central Cairo neighborhood of Choubra, and in Tahrir Square, journalists from the BBC, Al-Arabiya, ABC News and CNN - including CNN's Anderson Cooper and Hala Gorani - also were attacked.

Cooper said he was hit on the head by a protester. Gorani said she slammed against some gates and threatened after getting caught in a stampede of protesters and counter-protesters riding on camels and horses Wednesday morning.

[Update 9:45 p.m. Cairo, 2:45 p.m. ET] Egypt's health minister said 611 people were injured in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir square Wednesday, state-run television reported.

Earlier today, Ministry of Health officials told state TV that at least one member of the Egyptian security forces was and more than 400 people were wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed said.

[Update 9:30 p.m. Cairo, 2:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry says demonstrations by supporters of the Mubarak government are spontaneous and not orchestrated by the government. He also said the men on horseback and camels who rode into Tahrir Square earlier Wednesday were workers from the Pyramids whose business has been hurt by the unrest.

[Update 9:24 p.m. Cairo, 2:24 p.m. ET] CORRECTION:The blog entry below posted at 9:24 p.m. Cairo time incorrectly quoted a comment made by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Wednesday regarding violence between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt. Gibbs said, "And it is - it is our hope that what we saw today we won't see tomorrow or Friday or into the weekend. Obviously, this is - this is going to take - this is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

The violence witnessed Wednesday between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt "won't end tomorrow, or Friday, or by the weekend," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, adding: "This is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

[Update 9:18 p.m. Cairo, 2:18 p.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper describes how demonstrators are arming themselves as he watches gasoline bombs being lobbed from a rooftop.

[Update 9:05 p.m. Cairo, 2:05 p.m. ET] The State Department reported Wednesday that one flight for U.S. citizens was confirmed to have left Egypt. The department advises citizens who are having difficulty reaching the airport to stay indoors until demonstrations subside and make their way to the airport Thursday after curfew ends.

[Update 8:54 p.m. Cairo, 1:54 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "This morning, Alexandria seemed on verge of going back to normal but early calm evaporated when aggressive pro-Mubarak groups showed up. ... Seeing more vigilante checkpoints around Alexandria. Protesters keen to avoid confrontation with pro-Mubarak groups."

[Update 8:31 p.m. Cairo, 1:31 p.m. ET] The time for a political transition in Egypt "is now" because the Egyptian people "need to see change," and a "meaningful transition must include opposition voices and parties being involved in this process as we move toward free and fair elections," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

If the Egyptian government is instigating any of the violence occurring on the streets of Cairo, "it should stop immediately," Gibbs said.

A spokesman for Egypt's Foreign Ministry called on international leaders to butt out of the country's internal strife, telling CNN, "We know what is in the best interest of our society." Hossam Zaki said the clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo reflect "the very raw and high emotions" of the Egyptian people, and "what is required now is for people to calm down."

[Update 8:17 p.m. Cairo, 1:17 p.m. ET] Peaceful protests have been taking place Wednesday in other neighborhoods of Cairo - Mohandessin, Heliopolis and Corniche - and the rural cities of El-Minya and El-Mahalla, CNN's Ben Wedeman reported. Most of the demonstrators in those places appear to be women, children, scholars and Coptic priests, he reported.

[Update 8:01 p.m. Cairo, 1:01 p.m. ET] More than 400 people have been wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed told state television Wednesday. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, he said.

[Update 7:47 p.m. Cairo, 12:47 p.m. ET] At least one member of the Egyptian security forces was killed Wednesday in clashes in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, said on state television.

[Update 7:31 p.m. Cairo, 12:31 p.m. ET] CNN iReporter Hunter Moore, 26, is an American teacher in Cairo who is certified in CPR and first aid, and has been working with doctors and other volunteers to provide medical aid to injured protesters outside Tahrir Square. He says they are only treating the anti-government protesters; the pro-Mubarak protesters are getting so badly injured that they're being sent directly to the army for treatment. "All the medics and the doctors, they just don't want to see people killing one another," he said. He shot these photos Friday and earlier this week.

[Update 7 p.m. Cairo, noon ET] The army is not deliberately allowing the violence to continue, Egypt's finance minister says, it's been ordered not to hurt anyone.

[Update 6:55 p.m. Cairo, 11:55 a.m. ET] Numerous gasoline bombs were hurled on a street alongside Tahrir Square, starting small fires that were put out by military water cannon:


[Update 6:15 p.m. Cairo, 11:15 a.m. ET] A CNN journalist in Alexandria said pro-Mubarak demonstrators in Sidi Jaber Square left after a rally near the railway station, leaving only anti-Mubarak demonstrators still camping there. Journalists saw a small pro-Mubarak crowd demonstrating near Saad Zaghloul plaza with banners that said, "Yes, yes Mubarak" and "Where is the media to hear our voice?"

[Update 6:03 p.m. Cairo, 11:03 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter farahk8 sent in photos from among the Tahrir Square crowd during Tuesday's demonstrations. See them here.

[Update 5:56 p.m. Cairo, 10:56 a.m. ET] Video of the chaos in Tahrir Square from street level:

[Update 5:50 p.m. Cairo, 10:50 p.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson says opposition demonstrators inside Tahrir Square are surrounded by pro-Mubarak groups and fear a bloodbath after nightfall.

CNN's Ben Wedeman tweeted: "The only way out of Tahrir is thru army lines to the right of the mosque next to the Mogamaa." (The Mogamaa is a building that houses the Interior Ministry.) "People in Tahrir square begging Obama to intervene. They are terrified a bloodbath is about to occur."

[Update 5:35 p.m. Cairo, 10:35 a.m. ET] As darkness falls on Cairo, some faithful Muslims fall to their knees for evening prayers. Small fires from gasoline bombs, also known as Molotov cocktails, are quickly extinguished near the Egyptian Museum.

[Update 5:32 p.m. Cairo, 10:32 a.m. ET] CNN's Ben Wedeman, who was roughed up near Tahrir Square, tweeted: "I was not injured. Harassed? Yes. Appears the pro-government "demonstrators" have been given instructions to target press."

[Update 5:25 p.m. Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson describes clashes taking place in front of the Egyptian Museum, home of Egypt's most precious antiquities, and how the military has been staying on the sidelines. Meanwhile, demonstrators dig up bricks from a construction site to use as weapons.

[Update 5:16 p.m. Cairo, 10:16 a.m. ET] White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told CNN, "We continue to watch the events very closely, and it underscores that the transition needs to begin now." Pressed on whether the administration is pulling further away from President Hosni Mubarak, Gibbs would only say that President Obama and other officials have made clear in recent days there needs to be "real change" in Egypt.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley tweeted: "We are concerned about detentions and attacks on news media in #Egypt. The civil society that Egypt wants to build includes a free press."

[Update 5:05 p.m. Cairo, 10:05 a.m. ET] Here is a video summary of the day's events in Egypt so far.

[Update 4:59 p.m. Cairo, 9:59 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter Marianamin is an American living in a suburb an hour north of Cairo. She says her friends and neighbors "don't know who they want in, but they just know they want Mubarak out. ... Their thinking is he had 30 years to make changes. Even though he's done a lot of good for business ... for a lot of average Egyptians, he's just let them down." See marianamin's photo and description of her experience.

[Update 4:50 p.m. Cairo, 9:50 p.m.] Anderson Cooper witnessed a huge crowd of Mubarak supporters surge across a no-man's land dividing them from the anti-Mubarak crowd and overturn a military vehicle on the street as a huge roar went up. A large cloud of smoke arose at the east entrance to Tahrir Square, Anderson said.

[Update 4:38 p.m. Cairo, 9:38 a.m. ET] Tear gas was fired near the entrance to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday, according to CNN journalists who are there.

According to the latest information obtained by the United States, the Egyptian government wants to use police to quell the demonstrations in the capital, a senior U.S. official said. "That may be why you do not see the Army reacting," the official said.

The source also said that, at this point, the violence is largely limited to central Cairo and has not spread to other parts of the country. The official said the major issue for the United States is to try to achieve some measure of stability in Egypt.

[Update 4:30 p.m. Cairo, 9:30 a.m. ET] Here is some of the top video from the past hour in Egypt. Check back each hour for the latest video.

CNN's Ivan Watson describes the rapidly changing scene:

Men on horseback charge into Tahrir Square:

Protesters bloodied in clashes:

Crowd turns violent

CNN's Ben Wedeman sees "utter chaos":

[Update 4:23 p.m. Cairo, 9:23 a.m. ET] Some members of the Egyptian Army were believed to be entering Tahrir Square. Military vehicles were separating pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators, and several gasoline bombs had been tossed, CNN's Anderson Cooper said.

The sound of gunfire was heard in Tahrir Square, CNN's Fred Pleitgen said on Twitter. The square has been surrounded by pro-Mubarak demonstrators who have blocked in anti-government demonstrators and others at the site, CNN's Ben Wedeman said.

[Update 3:58 p.m. Cairo, 8:58 a.m. ET] The United States believes that the Egyptian police are returning to the streets in Cairo and will be the first responders to the violence that has erupted, rather than the Egyptian army, a senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the unfolding situation in Egypt told CNN Wednesday. "We are seeing preliminary indications the police are coming back in," the official said, stressing that the situation remains highly volatile and uncertain.

[Update 3:51 p.m. Cairo, 8:51 a.m. ET] Men with rocks in their hands lined a metal wall and pounded out a rhythm. CNN's Ivan Watson said this appeared to be a show of support for rock-throwers on the front lines as pro- and anti-Mubarak sides faced off. Injured men were carried to a makeshift clinic on Tahrir Square.

CNN's Ben Wedeman said he overheard a panicked army officer say the situation was out of control and there was nothing the army could do to restore order.

[Update 3:42 p.m. Cairo, 8:42 a.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper said he and his production crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak demonstrators earlier Wednesday. The attackers pushed and shoved the CNN crew and punched them in the head, he said, but no one was seriously hurt.


[Update 3:36 p.m. Cairo, 8:36 a.m. ET] A crew of men were seen on video using tools to break up pavement near Tahrir Square, while others carried loads of rocks, presumably to be thrown at the opposing demonstrators. It wasn't known which side they supported.

[Update 3:17 p.m. Cairo, 8:17 a.m. ET] As hundreds of men lined up to kneel and pray in the street, a crowd less than 100 feet away could be seen surrounding and beating a man.

[Update 2:58 p.m. Cairo, 7:58 a.m. ET] Men on horseback and camels charged into the crowd at Cairo's Tahrir Square, some of them lashing people on the ground with whips. Several were pulled off their animals and beaten, and the others retreated. CNN's Ivan Watson said the horseback riders came from the pro-Mubarak side of the demonstration.

[Update 2:49 p.m. Cairo, 7:49 a.m. ET] The stone-throwing and fighting at Tahrir Square have suddenly stopped and people are hugging and chanting "We are one," CNN's Ivan Watson reports from his vantage point.

[Update 2:46 p.m. Cairo, 7:46 a.m. ET] CNN's Amir Ahmed said he has seen people with blood flowing from their heads after being injured by rocks. The clashes appear to be spreading to streets near the square, he said.

[Update 2:32 p.m. Cairo, 7:32 ET] Demonstrators for and against President Hosni Mubarak are throwing rocks at each other on Tahrir Square, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Police are absent from the square and military personnel are hanging back, he says.

[Update 2:19 p.m. Cairo, 7:19 a.m. ET] Competing rallies were being held Wednesday in Alexandria, Egypt, with several thousand people protesting against President Hosni Mubarak and a few hundred others supporting him, CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson reported.

In Cairo, Mubarak supporters broke through a barricade that had separated them from anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square. The military surrounded the square but there was nothing between the two sides to keep them apart.

[Update 12:37 p.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:37 a.m. ET Wednesday]The U.S. State Department "ordered departure" evacuation starts Wednesday with chartered planes planned to start flying out nonemergency personnel, their relatives and any American citizens who wish to evacuate.

Internet access is back in at least parts of Egypt, CNN has confirmed

[Update 11:51 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:51 a.m. ET Wednesday] The Egyptian defense ministry on Wednesday urged the youth to go back home, saying "your message is received ... your demands became known."

"And we are here and awake to protect the country for you," a spokesman for the ministry said in a television broadcast. "Not by power but by the love to Egypt ... it is time to go back to normal life."

[Update 11:28 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:28 a.m. ET Wednesday] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Wednesday he will not run for president nor hand over power to his son once his term ends in 2013. "No extension, no inheritance," he told parliament.

In recent weeks, thousands have taken to the streets in Yemen demanding the the kind of change that Egypt wants. Saleh has been in office for 32 years.

[Update 9:19 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 2:19 a.m. ET Wednesday] Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families staying in tents with children.

Some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak early Wednesday, calling the press "traitors" and "agents."

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the government would provide an emergency flight  for Australians affected by the unrest in Egypt. The flight will depart Cairo on Wednesday, according to a statement from her
office.

British carrier BMI says it has organized an extra flight to help British nationals get back to the United Kingdom from Egypt.

The  British Foreign Office is sending a charter flight to Cairo on Wednesday to fly back British citizens with no other way to get  home, the office said.

Egypt's national airline, EgyptAir, canceled flights until 10 a.m. Wednesday (3 a.m. ET), according to state television.

Greece has sent  military aircraft to evacuate 215 Greeks from Egypt,  the official Athens News Agency said.

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  1. RUTH

    WHY WON'T THEY JUST USE TEAR GAS?

    February 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andre c rivera

    theres no need for debate in these type of issues that involve social justice we as people of many cultures and faiths need to learn to agree to disagree because then were just as bad as those people who are attacking reporters and their own people unfortually the mainstream media adds fuel to this type of fire i thing that the government and media and people have an equal share in blame and faults in these types of social l issues

    February 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a. w.

    Where are the weep and good looking women? Plain and Bachmann
    I like to take them to my country fasten together the revolution
    Its Diplomacies , oops I see Russia from my bathroom pot

    February 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Two worst incarnation of Stupidity

      February 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joshua

    Its amazing how everybody and their mother will just blame this on the US without any hard evidence. And the world is not ending. To people who think this is a sign...... yeah right. The people are going to lose this and wait till September. If you want lasting stability in a country your government can't make a quick transition. It takes time. People in Egypt are just making things worst. The US should not get involved in this. We should continue to support the Egyptian govt. Because, I don't want to pay $7 a gallon for gas. Frankly I could care less what goes on in Egypt. I just hope this don't hurt the world economy. Obama please don't make things worse. Your country in more important than Egypt.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Q Public

    throwing rocks, brandishing knives and tending to injured people? A Belgian reporter on Wednesday was arrested, beaten and accused of being a spy by men in plain clothes ??

    If they were arrested, then why are they not in jail? Men in plain clothes? As opposed to what? Bright clothes, flamboyant clothes, fancy clothes? Are they implying that they were police or dressed like the thousands of others on the street. Aren't they all in plain clothes?

    Who writes this bias tripe? No surprise there are a few bleeding skulls – watch the video of the two mobs tossing rocks at each other. What do you expect? 1 death – and a soldier? Considering the potential for real violence, it could be 10x worse.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      I wonder if Anderson has figured out who the mole is yet? :-)

      February 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cymon

    Egypt is on a brink of civil war...protesters hijacked Egypt economy for 9 days...they did not realize they are only kicking out one man and millions to suffer.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      Absolute nonsense... Do you realize why the protests were peaceful for days and now they are not? Because Mubarak got his goons and looters on to the streets in plain clothes. Do you realize why the "pro-Mubarak" are attacking journalists? Because they have their instructions... Mubarak must go now. THis is not a "civil war" - it is a retaliation from the government.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      And millions have been suffering for years, you seem totally OK with having a dictator run a country. Starting a democracy is going to be painful, but it must be done.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tareq Naser

      Would you say the same thing about George Washington and the rest of the patriots who kicked out the British armies and freed themselves from the king, there is a king in Egypt who is killing them and his police who where stuffing baseball bats in the rears of people inside their police stations, I lived in Egypt for 10 years and their police used to bother me all the time asking for bribes and if I don't pay I will end up in their station for days. The economy bee robed for 32 years my friend

      February 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      And those people who went out to beat others in order to keep one man in power, what do you have to say to that?
      It seems as though you are quite satisfied with any dictators who are wanted to ensure its own line of dynasty.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corrupt Church

      AFTER JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED TO DEATH BY THE ROMANS....

      *Roman Pagan Sun Priest ‘Constantine’ took over the Catholic Vatican to empower Rome ‘Politically’ 300 AD.
      *Both Roman ‘Constantine’ & Egypt’s King Herod used Christian & Jewish slaves to build their Coliseums and Pyramids350 A
      *Constantine’s Roman Catholics tortured and murdered millions who refused paying Catholic Church Taxes between 367-700 AD
      *Roman Catholic corruption forced 500 million Christians to leave the Vatican (Called the ‘Protestant Reformation’) in 800 AD.
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began murdering millions who refused to obey their corrupt Vatican Cannon Law (Crusades) 1200 AD
      *‘Ignatius Loyola’ created the Jesuit Society (Using Pagan Sun Symbols, Roman Obelisks & Distorted ‘Iron’ Crosses) in 1534 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Pledge…‘Pretend to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to regain Global1535 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began burning ALL Non Catholics as ‘Witches’ during their inquisition period’s 1584-1821AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics STARTED the American Revolution, to land Catholics across America (Boston) 1812 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had a model of the American ‘White House’ in Rome, 20 years before it were actually built 1824 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had Protestant Abraham Lincoln assassinated for freeing their much needed African slaves.1865AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics established the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) in retaliation against their freed African slaves.1865 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics created the ‘Communism System’ hoping to destroy North American Protestants ‘Economically.’1894AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics funded the Nazis in both WWI & II, hoping to destroy the Protestant/Judeo Alliance.1914 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Father Staempfle wrote ‘Mein Kempt’….NOT Adolph Hitler. 1939 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics built the UN, IMF and World Bank to control the Global Agenda 1945 AD
      *Jesuit had JFK assassinated for trying to dismantle their corrupt ‘Federal Reserve Bank’ 1963 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics Martin Luther King assassinated for empowering rights to their previous African slaves 1968 AD
      *Jesuits now dominate both American & Canadian Supreme Courts of Justice.2009AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics in 2010 continue their pledge of ‘Pretending to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to profit from ‘Corporate Corruption’ while being able to blame other religions for the crime. 2010 AD
      *Jesuit Catholics use their ‘Freemason Pyramid’ and ‘Nouvus Ordo Seclorum’ (New World Order) on every American dollar bill.
      *Its No Coincidence that the Chicago, New York and Montreal Italian Mafia families all come from Rome. 2011 AD
      *It’s also by NO COINCIDECE that almost all so-called democratic countries globally will soon be using either the ‘Roman Catholic Eagle or Roman Catholic Wreath’ or ‘Pyramid’ symbols in their Military Badges, Medals and Flags including Canada and the USA! 2012 AD
      FIGHT JESUIT ROMAN CATHOLIC NEW WORLD ORDER!

      February 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novembereign

      Guess what those people on horseback were just the local opposition. I can see this turning into Tiananmen Square by Friday. Mubarack and the Egyptian government have thousands of soldiers and tanks at their disposal. The protestors ought to have just backed down when Mubarack said he would step down. Once the riot is quelled and thousands are arrested and or killed there will be no deal anymore. China did the same thing back in the day. Did it affect the U.S. relations with them? Nope! Obama has their President as a dinner guest!

      February 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      The Majority want Mubarak down..so there is no civil war..as these pro-mubarak are minority & since they are paid to do these shameful actions against their Brothers & sisters in Land & Nation..they are weaker to fight the ppl who are standing for their future!
      I'm very sad to see Cairo & Alex on Fire in this ugly way & cause...
      May all Egyptians finally unite & their Stubrn President Step down Peacefully eventually!

      February 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lola

      obviously u know nothing about egypt and its history. to ease ur pain for that single man, he is a dictator, stealing the wealth of egypt for 30 years and frightening its millions of people with his twisted regime. now its the time to speak up, obviously the dictator is not willing to step down to save the country the blood shedding that he started by leasing off his gangs to frighten the protestors. the people should not stop, it is their only chance for freedom.

      February 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • naila kaff

      please, please, the Egyptian museum is in danger, wew must do something, any pressure immediately on Moubarek to ask his men to stop this

      February 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novembereign

      Goodbye Egypts treasures and museums hello Islamic Revolution. Remember Obama the rioters and protestors doing the destroying are the ones you and Iran are supporting. Obama essentially supports the muslim brotherhood (the people whom Al-Qaeda based themselves on).

      February 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quincy9

      muhrvis is right. Mubarak had the prisons emptied and let violent offenders on the street to cause havoc. He's an EVIL man and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He said that he wants to stay in power for another 6 months. Not going to happen. He said that he wants to die on Egyptian soil. Sooner than you think, bub. We have lots of family in Cairo and they all say that they're uneasy, but won't stop till he's gone.

      February 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJC

      History shows us how to deal with Dictators.

      February 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hady

      80 millions have been suffering for almost 30 years

      February 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      Just because most of you have been presumably following this story for a week, it does not mean that you understand this situation at all. I am Egyptian, and I have major issues with the way that the government has been run, but as of right now, I am in complete support of the pro-Mubarak protesters. To call them "thugs" or anything else is ludicrous. The idea that the government would pay hundreds of thousands of people to come to Mubarak's support today is even more ludicrous. There have been millions of people in support of Mubarak throughout this entire ordeal, but they remained in their homes until to day out of fear. I have many complaints about the government, but what he has promised is very fair. He will step down in a matter of months....what more do they want? If he leaves today, the chaos that will ensue can only be understood by the Egyptian people, not by the Americans who have been following this story for a few days.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Megahed

      One local TV channel has spoken of wounded CHILDREN in those demonstrations, apparently beaten up. How can anyone who does that be called anything but a thug at least. These are criminals!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Christy,

      I am Egyptian too and lived in Egypt for a good while... the system was corrupt (rotten inside out!!!), not only Mubarak, but all those around him, in power, emergency laws, nepotism, lack of respect and freedom of expression (pretty much in any kind). The system and its people cannot be trusted, simply ! They can't be trusted to keep their word, to carry out any kind of reform, to consult anyone for what kind of reform is needed... the people in power are so well off, relaxed and they won't do anything unless/until forced. THEY ALL NEED TO GO NOW !!!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamdy

      Even if Hosni Mubarak manages to disperse the crowd of Egyptians on the streets today or tomorrow, he won't be able to regain his credibility as a president or a leader of the country. So why should the world bother to support him now? Does the world wish to lose its credibility?

      Terrible choices are being made from the fear of losing Hosni Mubarak's unyielding support of the Americans and Israelis in the region, without the assumption that a new leader of Egypt will follow in the same direction. It is absolutely disgusting to believe the people of Egypt are starting a revolution because of Mubarak's foreign policy, no one would hit the streets for that. The people of Egypt are tired of decades worth of tyranny; history tells us this story.

      So don't be deceived. Revolution in Egypt has absolutely nothing to do with Palestine, Iraq, Iran, the Muslim brotherhood, Islam or any current Middle Eastern affair. Egypt has historically been very unattached to woes of that type. The issue is simply civil rights. This is about Mubarack and his regime, to continue to support Mubarack is the prevailing insult and as long as it continues so will this revolution.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sammybozo

    coming soon to a U.S. city near you. I can see it now, those dependent upon the system vs. those who wish to be independent of the system and self sustaining.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      the question then is, who do you consider reliant on the system? the bankers? the government ? the rich? thats who i consider reliant on the system . but then again the media likes to be used by the rich to convince others it is the poor .

      February 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I agree. the people are just as angry here over Governemnt corruption as they are over there. It will be just a matter of days. Once the Welfare ticket is taken away from the masses here they will go to the streets too.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corrupt Church

      AFTER JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED TO DEATH BY THE ROMANS....

      *Roman Pagan Sun Priest ‘Constantine’ took over the Catholic Vatican to empower Rome ‘Politically’ 300 AD.
      *Both Roman ‘Constantine’ & Egypt’s King Herod used Christian & Jewish slaves to build their Coliseums and Pyramids350 AD
      *Constantine’s Roman Catholics tortured and murdered millions who refused paying Catholic Church Taxes between 367-700 AD
      *Roman Catholic corruption forced 500 million Christians to leave the Vatican (Called the ‘Protestant Reformation’) in 800 AD.
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began murdering millions who refused to obey their corrupt Vatican Cannon Law (Crusades) 1200 AD
      *‘Ignatius Loyola’ created the Jesuit Society (Using Pagan Sun Symbols, Roman Obelisks & Distorted ‘Iron’ Crosses) in 1534 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Pledge…‘Pretend to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to regain Global1535 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began burning ALL Non Catholics as ‘Witches’ during their inquisition period’s 1584-1821AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics STARTED the American Revolution, to land Catholics across America (Boston) 1812 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had a model of the American ‘White House’ in Rome, 20 years before it were actually built 1824 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had Protestant Abraham Lincoln assassinated for freeing their much needed African slaves.1865AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics established the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) in retaliation against their freed African slaves.1865 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics created the ‘Communism System’ hoping to destroy North American Protestants ‘Economically.’1894AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics funded the Nazis in both WWI & II, hoping to destroy the Protestant/Judeo Alliance.1914 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Father Staempfle wrote ‘Mein Kempt’….NOT Adolph Hitler. 1939 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics built the UN, IMF and World Bank to control the Global Agenda 1945 AD
      *Jesuit had JFK assassinated for trying to dismantle their corrupt ‘Federal Reserve Bank’ 1963 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics Martin Luther King assassinated for empowering rights to their previous African slaves 1968 AD
      *Jesuits now dominate both American & Canadian Supreme Courts of Justice.2009AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics in 2010 continue their pledge of ‘Pretending to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to profit from ‘Corporate Corruption’ while being able to blame other religions for the crime. 2010 AD
      *Jesuit Catholics use their ‘Freemason Pyramid’ and ‘Nouvus Ordo Seclorum’ (New World Order) on every American dollar bill.
      *Its No Coincidence that the Chicago, New York and Montreal Italian Mafia families all come from Rome. 2011 AD
      *It’s also by NO COINCIDECE that almost all so-called democratic countries globally will soon be using either the ‘Roman Catholic Eagle or Roman Catholic Wreath’ or ‘Pyramid’ symbols in their Military Badges, Medals and Flags including Canada and the USA! 2012
      FIGHT JESUIT ROMAN CATHOLIC NEW WORLD ORDER!

      February 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Those who are dependent wouldn't stand a chance.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quaker444

      Okay first of all, the rich ARE dependent on the US system, it's not just the poor or welfare people or whatever cliches you have mind. Also if our money became worthless, everyone's affected (though the rich have more assets so they'll still be best off.)

      Secondly, this is not going to happen in America anytime soon. I would bet you MONEY on it. Just as the Weather Underground were sure in the 70s America was about to have another revolution that never came, America is not about to undergo any radical change. We like to sit in comfort on our computers and think that, but things just aren't nearly bad enough. Not until 50% of us lose our homes and are living on the streets, or our infrastructure falls apart, or people are being arrested in large amounts for saying things that disagree with the government, not until that happens will we have any real sort of revolution.

      What we have is a hurting economy that has affected many, but not enough that there's gonna be anarchy in the streets. And the problems we have are mostly caused by the "elite" and the rich, the people on wall street and the people in government, millionaires with lots of power who wanted even more. Greed got us here, and it was specifically the greed of a select few who convinced others (homeowners who couldn't afford it) that their greed was justified that lead us here. Sorry. Bush, as bad as he was, was not a dictator, and neither is Obama.

      But that's not as exciting. It can't just be a gray day. It's gotta be the storm of the century. But it ain't. I would seriously bet you all of my savings that no major revolutions/anarchy on the streets/or massive changes (like civil war) happen to America in the next 10-15 years. After that, simply too hard to predict since so much can happen in 10-15 years.

      The closest I see for us having Civil War is the "tea party" movement grows and grows and eventually gets a president in who basically gets rid of all limitations on corporations, and the major corporations of America essentially become our new government (because they have a good majority of the people in congress bought out) and that divides the country. But we ain't there yet, not to that level.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeFace

      Sounds like a Teapot Dream

      February 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      problem is, americans don't behave like lunatics. yes we have corruption, but as a country have always avoided throwing rocks and sticks at each other because it doesn't work.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redneck

      Will never hapen here. Amerikans are too fat, dumb, and lazy.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Dave,

      Have you lived in Egypt at all, do you know what kind of corruption is going on there, what kind of law? How can you compare without knowing the other side. The US has made great achievements in human rights, basic rights for people... it is perfect? No. Are there corrupt people and corruption in the US? Of course, but at what scale? There is no comparison, ... the scale of corruption in Egypt was so high and obvious to anyone, and the level of freedom is so low, respect almost 'zero'... no prospects of a good life unless you're among the select few (if you're born in a good family... you can't rely on merit or hard work for things to get better)... you need to live it to know it.

      It's a shame that many don't understand that this 'uprising' of the millions is a result of decades of humility and lack of respect to all human rights in Egypt.
      This is not a civil war, it's a 'revolution' that is being oppressed and silenced by the Govt. in the ugliest ways... it's nothing new for Egyptians (in its method), but the scale is much larger than anyone has seen before. There are no 'pro-Mubarak' protesters (except a few dozens) the rest are thugs, paid people (by Mubarak or ppl already in power), secret police... etc.

      Mubarak is out of touch, he's in denial, crazy with (illusion) of greatness, and doesn't care one bit about the people, the country, etc. so long as he's involved. If it happens to be in his interest (and of those around him) to take care of people, then he would, but otherwise, he doesn't give a dang !! Ruthless dictator... has been for decades, with the US watching, cheering him on and funding him !! It's time to take a very strong stand and send him a clear message that THIS TIME the US is on the right side for a change !!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ROZEN

    USA, why do you wanna continue your aid to a brutal dictator like this? Many be this is why Arab hates us. Please cut off the aid now. If Mobarok want's to threaten Israel, Israel will teach him a lesson.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tareq Naser

      Where are teaching Israel lesson every year my friend, your love for Israel is going to bankrupt your morally and financially, don't open your eyes or your heart, stay the you are you and millions of Americans and westerners till the last penny in your pocket putting your bets on the wrong horse. Good luck

      February 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corrupt Church

      AFTER JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED TO DEATH BY THE ROMANS....

      *Roman Pagan Sun Priest ‘Constantine’ took over the Catholic Vatican to empower Rome ‘Politically’ 300 AD.
      *Both Roman ‘Constantine’ & Egypt’s King Herod used Christian & Jewish slaves to build their Coliseums and Pyramids350 AD
      *Constantine’s Roman Catholics tortured and murdered millions who refused paying Catholic Church Taxes between 367-700 AD
      *Roman Catholic corruption forced 500 million Christians to leave the Vatican (Called the ‘Protestant Reformation’) in 800 AD.
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began murdering millions who refused to obey their corrupt Vatican Cannon Law (Crusades) 1200 AD
      *‘Ignatius Loyola’ created the Jesuit Society (Using Pagan Sun Symbols, Roman Obelisks & Distorted ‘Iron’ Crosses) in 1534 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Pledge…‘Pretend to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to regain Global1535 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics began burning ALL Non Catholics as ‘Witches’ during their inquisition period’s 1584-1821AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics STARTED the American Revolution, to land Catholics across America (Boston) 1812 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had a model of the American ‘White House’ in Rome, 20 years before it were actually built 1824 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics had Protestant Abraham Lincoln assassinated for freeing their much needed African slaves.1865AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics established the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) in retaliation against their freed African slaves.1865 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics created the ‘Communism System’ hoping to destroy North American Protestants ‘Economically.’1894AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics funded the Nazis in both WWI & II, hoping to destroy the Protestant/Judeo Alliance.1914 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholic Father Staempfle wrote ‘Mein Kempt’….NOT Adolph Hitler. 1939 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics built the UN, IMF and World Bank to control the Global Agenda 1945 AD
      *Jesuit had JFK assassinated for trying to dismantle their corrupt ‘Federal Reserve Bank’ 1963 AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics Martin Luther King assassinated for empowering rights to their previous African slaves 1968 AD
      *Jesuits now dominate both American & Canadian Supreme Courts of Justice.2009AD
      *Jesuit Roman Catholics in 2010 continue their pledge of ‘Pretending to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to profit from ‘Corporate Corruption’ while being able to blame other religions for the crime. 2010 AD
      *Jesuit Catholics use their ‘Freemason Pyramid’ and ‘Nouvus Ordo Seclorum’ (New World Order) on every American dollar bill.
      *Its No Coincidence that the Chicago, New York and Montreal Italian Mafia families all come from Rome. 2011 AD
      *It’s also by NO COINCIDECE that almost all so-called democratic countries globally will soon be using either the ‘Roman Catholic Eagle or Roman Catholic Wreath’ or ‘Pyramid’ symbols in their Military Badges, Medals and Flags including Canada and the USA! 2012
      FIGHT JESUIT ROMAN CATHOLIC NEW WORLD ORDER!

      February 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      ROZEN – funny because israel would prefer mubarak over a democratic egypt. mubarak encourages the israeli peace established by sadat. he also suppresses his own people, and nothing could delight israel more than watching arabs being suppressed.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth S.

      Rozen, what you hear is wrong. People in America want the people of Egypt to enjoy a true democracy.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. William

    500 dead ..... 2000 injured

    February 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    Yesterday Mubarak announces he will not seek another term, that is unacceptable to the people, now he sends govt. employees armed into the streets to attack peaceful people, his time is over, he had a chance to save the country and leave, now turmoil, and he will end up dead. These dictators must go, and the U.S., must step up to the plate and support the people, not another dictator. Our actions around the world have been flip flopping for years, it is time our govt. ( U.S. ) do the right thing and be the beacon of freedom and hope the rest of the world looks to us for, rather than supporting brutal dictators such as Mubarak. Hosni Mubarak, it is time to stick a fork in you, YOU are done!!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Well said Steve.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Yea.. I'm hoping for the Obama administration to step up and side with the people. This guy is done. Support the people!!!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadam

      Right on Steve! USA should invade Egypt now. . .there must be weapons of mass destruction there!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • goodtimes

      I was happy yesterday when Mubarak announced he was gonna step down in september. Today, after he sent his police and thugs to attack the unarmed protesters and journalists, I can only see a dark future. Mubarak obviously wants to buy time to destroy any viable opposition (except the muslim brotherhood, his favorite scare-crow). Then with Egypt's glorious history of election-rigging, we will have 3 choices come september:

      1- Omar Suleiman – the "rendition" and "torture" specialist
      2- Gamal Mubarak – the son of the dictator
      3- HOSNI again

      And hosni will win b/c dictators don't hand over power... This is how egypt works, and mubarak is the most powerful dictator in the world backed by the most powerful country in the world.

      I am glad there are still some people in America who stand for their ideals and support the freedom of others. The government on the other hand is failing AGAIN.

      Don't inject Israel into this. The people in Egypt don't want war. We want democracy. We want to have justice and not live in fear of the police state. If you can't help, then stay out of it and freeze the tear canister sales for a few months. Don't support tyranny because it "might" affect stability.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Xcalibar

    Have you ever thought that the educated people of Egypt understand the prosperity they have enjoyed and and that these fundamentalists are about to ruin their lifestyles and drag the entire country into the stone age just like Iran.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonia

      Amen to that

      February 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egypt4Ever

      Have you ever even been to Egypt? You have no clue what your talking about. People in Egypt, educated or not, do not enjoy prosperity. I have cousins who are lawyers and doctors who work in fast food restaurants? Is that your definition of prosperity? People not finding bread to eat? People fearing the abuse of the police? Perhaps you should google what prosperity means because it is not known in Egypt.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vipsania Agrippina

    Hey now ... don't go hating on pagans and our rituals.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alpha1

    UN, US and other aid agencies should cease giving aid to mid east those people are war addicts...let them kill each other left them dead.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ROZEN

    Why respected journalists like Anderson Cooper and Hala Gorani are under attack if Mobarok has nothing to hide? Foreign journalists are facing what Egyptians have faced for 30 years.

    WELCOME to Mobarok regime.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sonia

      AC was not really attacked, they thought he was part of alzeera TV. AC shoud also interview the pro-Mobarak group and report fairly.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • goodtimes

      Sonia,

      You weren't there. Mubarak's thugs targeted all journalists. Not just aljazeera journalists. They had their orders.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doug

    Where is the UN condemnation????!!!! Oh yes, that's right, they only like to pick on the only country in the Middle East that actually cares about human rights... ah yes, what was I thinking??!!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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