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. banasy

    Why on Earth would CNN think they're being singled out?

    January 28, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Why on earth would you misread the updates so badly?

      January 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • NewsJunky

      Because there is a long history in world conflicts of specific reporters and networks being targeted based on unpopular reports by those reporters and networks. This may or may not have been one of those incidents. The updates actually showed multiple networks were affected, but CNN being singled out was always a possibility. Anyone who follows world news closely instead of being a casual and superficial reader would know that.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Well sir. Our government regularly targets Al-Jazeera and other "opposition" news outlets. CNN likely figures that since we do it all the time, other's are likely to do it to us.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. RafikHalim

    Does anyone know where El Baradei is right now ? Is he still alive ?

    January 28, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Osama Abul Enien

      Yes he is still alive. As far as i know his security held him in the mosque after Friday prayers

      January 28, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Amir

      Elbaradei is being forcefully held in his own home. He was taken to his home from the Mosque. Source AP

      January 28, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Whoa. I'm watching bits on the AM news, and it looks brutal over there...and part of what they are protesting is the inequality of wealth in their country. Hmmmmmmmmm.
    How sad.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Guess they haven't seen the worst of it if they hadn't met with Haliburton...oh yah....wrong country.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    As far as what I've seen reported, ElBaradei is still alive.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thepeoplespeak

    Freedom! At any cost!

    January 28, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben James

      Responsibility for this falls directly on the US for creating and supporting brutal dictator Mubarak for some 30 years to control the oil under Egypt. This is the same fate that awaits us here in the USA unless we can quickly take back control of our country from oil companies and corporations. If you think the Egyptians are angry now wait until their supply of oil runs dry in about 20 years.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • slupdawg

      @ Ben James: Yes, yes, yes, everything is America's fault, Ben, everything. The fact that you're an idiot is clearly America's fault.

      You know, there are countries all over the world that have all kinds of problems, and i get so SICK of hearing how the US is to blame for them. It seems the Egyptians put up with this guy for 30 years, so why are they doing something about it only now. People need to stand up and take some accountability, Ben, not keep pointing fingers.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. William

    So USA is supporting an ally who uses this type of crackdown on people who just want freedom?
    Thugs are taking protesters to be beaten to death in dark alleys.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      How right you are,William! Such is to be expected fron the right-wing thugs in Washington who make our foreign policies. Kind of like an "honor among thieves". This Mubarak must go and how!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      One of many things that sadly remains the same no matter what political party we support. We need to find a way to end this hypocrisy.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      Don't kid yourselves into thinking it would be any different in the U.S. If we tried to overthrow our own government, they'd pull out every trick in the book for themselves to stay in power.

      People around the world are wising up to what government is: It's a way to keep the poor and middle class so divided and preoccupied that they will never be a threat to the rich.

      The people truly hold the power, but they have to be organized to be effective. Egypt is taking out any means for the people to organize (Twitter, Facebook, cellular networks, etc.).

      January 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben James

      This is the same fate that awaits us here in the USA unless we can quickly take back control of our country from oil companies and corporations. If you think the Egyptians are angry now wait until their supply of oil runs dry in about 20 years.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • MAQ

      You are correct....When I hear these US politicians talk about "Freedom", "Democracy", and "Human Rights" – It sickens me. The American people is yet to realize how their dollars are being used all over the world. The United States supports non-Democratic gov'ts all over the world...Here is a brief list: Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Quait, Iraq, United Emirates, Supports and supported Pakistani Dictatorship, Created Saddam Hussain by giving him chemical weapons, Created Bin Laden to fight against the Soviets...want more? Why are Americans so ignorant and see how their Gov't is misuing their resources..........one day you will realize that all the money and resources have been out of you.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      You are right Cesar it's all those right wing Thugs like Bill Clinton who was president for 8 years.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • onepartypolitics

      What we see in Egypt will happen to America in the next decade if we don't stop this one party for the rich. The poor is getting poorer, the unemployed is becoming unemployable due to a huge gap in not finding a job; little or no money means bad credit which means not getting a job. All road blocks encountered by the average american is a road to protest and riot.
      Wake up America politicians before it is to late.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • srb0669

      Thats what the US government is all about keeping the people down. They do not care about anyone but themselves, Anything for power even killing innocent civilians.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @srb0669..You must be an Arab and your talking about your own government, NOT U.S.

      As what I see on TV and read in the news, it's the Saudi King Abdullah who was expressing support for Mubarak while Obama (in his speech) he's "on the side of the people, for their freedom of speech and right to gather peacefully".

      I don't see any reason why blame U.S. other than hate and selfish political agenda.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Osama Abul Enien

    I'm am an American born Egyptian studying at the American University of Beirut, it is true , these are not isolated incidents. i'm watching CNN and Jezeera together. Phone calls where interrupted and cut off during conversations on Jezeera live! Jezeera got 1 live feed and that was it. The Egyptian government knows that the only way they would remain in power and stop the protests without international interference they would have to use brute force, and we all know how brutal they can be. As a result all communications except landlines where interrupted to stop any feedback from getting to public and international communities. Please in order to get reform all news networks must try their best without getting into any danger to get footage of the brutality of the riot police, of the disregard of a human being by other forms of authority to show that the government needs to change not for POLITICS ONLY BUT FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Denalda B

      I pray that the US puts pressure on them to reopen communications, I want to hear from my dear friends in Eygpt and know they are ok. I am so very tired of peaceful protest being opressed and the people of countries all over the world. It just proves they are dictators because they are trying to stop the people of Eygpt from being heard and shutting down their ability to show the world what is happening to the Eygptian people.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. William

    When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy. Abraham Lincoln

    January 28, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Abu Freedom

      Islam, all religions i.e., Christianity, Buddhist, Hindu, Judaism etc… All religions are dirty little mind altering drugs that are broadcast by the radical Fascist governments state and federal controlled media proproganda apparatus to control the masses. Religion and its practice is an imprisonment of the mind, all consuming, that scars the nerve endings, thought patterns, destroys and holds hostage the creativity in humans. Religion is not a democratic thought process, it is a DICTATORSHIP, either you are with us or you are not. Religion’s manifesto is centered to control the emotion of the victim’s mind – the command and control center of the human body. Thus, thru its implementation by the Radical Fascist Governments they maintain total control and multiplication of the masses; to fund their existence they entice thru mass media their subjects to attend the great sales of the new product lines, the latest fashions display at the Great Religious Malls of the World. The RFG’s ultimate goal is to empty the bank accounts of its victims, thus to reduce the percentages of people from reaching financial independence, to keep the worker bees too busy to reach the queen, to keep the wheels of industry in motion. The RFG’s use of Religion is the ultimate tool to keep the masses employed in the industry of supply and demand. The alternative to this Capitalist system is the masses marching in the streets of the nations capitals demanding change. The Industrial World war machine corporations and Hydrocarbon producer’s corporations support and encourage Libya, Iraq, China, North Korea, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, for without an enemy and customer/client of the idea of a different ideology of radical Fascist governments there is no demand for weaponry to protect the opposite belief of democracy, thus no jobs, and the masses begin marching in the streets to demand the ousting of the aristocrats in power.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. William

    Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Abraham Lincoln
    –September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois

    January 28, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. William

    I am stunned by the hypocritical silence. So few comments from modern country citizens that go to war to uphold freedom, so they say. This is the biggest anti dictator revolution of the year by normal folks but commentators are few. So going into a country with shock and awe is better? Ah yes... right, this couldn't happen in Egypt because its an ally. Funny huh?

    January 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • RightCoast

      I think the lack of comments is more around the lack of understanding of what is going on and why. Sit in front of a TV for 30m right now and it's not very clear why they are protesting, only that they are, and CNN got their camera broken by the police.

      MSM is failing and badly....

      January 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 28, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • TheEraser

      Thank you. Very good information.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brian


    Do something then. Stop throwing rocks at the house and help build it with your own input.

    "So USA is supporting an ally who uses this type of crackdown on people who just want freedom?"

    I am "USA" and I do not support the Egyptian regimes method of counter protest. Therefore, your statement is just as totalitarian and brash as the Egyptian regime you claim to hate.

    Context.Is.Everything. We should be supporting the demonstrators, not pointing fingers from a distance and blatantly grouping entire countries populations together in one arrogant statement.

    Freedom for all who want good and harmony in the world.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Have they been sleeping the last 10 years?
      So saying that the obvious hypocrisy everybody in the world is witnessing today is an insult? it's fact!
      Just like Muslims have the obligation to stand up and say they have peaceful motives, so too does Americans have to stand up and stand side by side with Egyptians, not their dictator.

      Just look at the facts. Media black out has happened. So we are in the dark. Those supporters are being killed now.
      I do hope the President will speak out against this oppressive regime and demand Mubarak get out of country.
      Good luck with that.

      Love & light!

      January 28, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • slupdawg

      Brian, I couldn't agree more. It has become so easy to blame all the big, bad governments of the world, ESPECIALLY the US, for every sorrow and tribulation that has ever existed. Governments do what they have to in order to stay in power, folks. That's the way it works. If you believe differently, you live in la-la land. If you wish the world were different, well I wish there were unicorns and it rained cupcakes, too, but that ain't the way it is, either.

      The ONLY way these regimes are toppled is the hard, hard way that Egypt is experiencing now. Who knows if it will work, but it's how it has to be, and same goes for any other country that gets so fed up with violence and brutality. There is only one way to go if there are no free elections and it's a rotten government. America had its own revolution against a seemingly undefeatable enemy. So you say, the US props up this government? There is no power on earth can stop the people if they truly want and need the change. They need support, and if their cause is just, they will get it, if not from the US, then from elsewhere.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Dear God, William, there are probably not enough people UP yet to comment on anything...and you're already getting confrontational and calling people hypocrites? Tone it down, cowboy, until people can wake up enough to FORM an opinion!

    And before you start insulting me, I agree with most of your points...just not the lovely way you're trying to bully them down our throats!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      I am just pointing out what i see. You clearly don't know the definition of "bullying"

      If you are an American and are commenting here then you are clearly not in question.

      Would you argue that a big majority of the population just isn't biased because of religion or another influence?

      It's just an insult if it's true.

      Those protesters are saying a lot worse than hypocrite now. Word is good.

      January 28, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sharky

    The Egyptian weekend is Friday/Saturday. Classes are from Sunday thru Thursday. Did I hear the anchor say students have left classes to participate in clashes? Highly doubtful.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    Well said, sir!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
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