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. Steve Wilson

    That the Egyptian people welcome the intervention of the Army (after having the living crap kicked out of themselves all day by the police and other internal security elements) is not surprizing at all. The Army is not uncommonly viewed by the public in repressive regimes as the "People's Army", a relatively neutral, apolitical, power broker, and the people would obviously prefer to think that the Army has intervened to defend their legitimate human and legal rights, rather than as an escalation in the repressive approach of the police throughout the day. So far it seems to be working out.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steeve-o

    BTW, what ever happened with the French protests? Are they still protesting, or did they "retire early"?

    January 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brownstain

    Hosni Mubarak-get out.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. McGuffin

    I'm always a little perplexed when the State Department asks leaders to respect human rights. Leaders that need to be told to respect human rights don't know what human rights are.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gpl2032

    From the Movie "Training day", This sums up my feelings regarding the Arab world...

    Jake Hoyt: Oh, what, so just let the animals wipe themselves out, right?
    Alonzo Harris: God willing. Fk 'em, and everybody that looks like 'em.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      And the character of Harris was a corrupt police official and all around nasty piece of work. Way to go picking a role model to quote from.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phoenix

    justice,, democracy, and human rights are all catch phrases for every politician that put his name on a ballot, we are a brainwashed society that is in need of a reprogramming, millionaires have lined their pockets today as they speculate the price of oil and gold, we live in a capitalist society there is nothing democratic, your opinions can be changed at any time with an aggressive ad campaign, i will be sending prayers to the folks in egypt who have the nads to stand up instead of stand on their soap box

    January 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiffLaFane


      January 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      Umm.... Phoenix... wasn't your post simply you nad-free ranting on YOUR soap box?

      January 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      I very much disagree with you about our society. We should be so lucky that we are one of the most liberated societies in the world. Things like this in Egypt make me take a step back and realize that we, as Americans, bicker over petty things compared to other countries like Egypt and Tunisia.
      And, where did the "millionaires line their pockets" line come from? Talk about brainwashed, I'm sure you've heard that exact phrase and just repeated it. Sounds to me like jealousy, because other people were smart enough to make a very good living off of betting on industries, and you were not so lucky. Let me guess...if it were up to you, people wouldn't have the freedom to speculate on energy goods, right? That's the same kind of logic that Egypt has had a problem with. The government telling its people what they can and cannot do, and it's a terrible ideology that NEVER WORKS. People need to have the freedom to do what they'd like.
      By the way....if you think speculation is the problem with our oil industry, then you need to take a serious, hard look at what you are criticizing and why. Speculators don't cause oil prices to surge like they have been. Relax on your socialist concepts, YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES WHO CAUSE THE PROBLEMS, THINKING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD RESTRICT PEOPLE'S FREEDOM "FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION".

      January 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sror

      Sinai governorate in Egypt declare independence on Saturday.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      Are you people stupid, mubarak receives 25% of his military budget from OUR tax dollars.... Why are we not doing anything, this money could go to our school, children or healthcare BUT nobody in this country cares nor notices. Our apathy is the cause of these protests, we pay for their oppression and we don't stop the govt from robbing us blind to support these regimes. The military industrial complex is getting rich while the normal person has been falling in the economic spectrum for decades. We bought the tanks an the tear gas in Egypt for Mubarak.... Why doesn't CNN tell this huh. Do a google search if u doubt me

      January 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      I don't doubt you, Bb. We should have never been over there, and I disagree with us giving money to Egypt. I am frustrated that we are over there in the Middle East doing anything. I wish we took more of a militaristic and political isolationist approach. I wish we WOULD spend that money here in the USA. I agree that we shouldn't be over there; we never should have been over there implanting American-friendly governments into every country we can get our grubby little hands on. However, that does not take away from the inital post by Phoenix stating that we are a criminal society simply because we are capitalistic and have the freedom to do such things as speculate on goods in our economy. Her post I entirely disagree with; your post I do not disagree with.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      I don't disagree with pheonix either, I just wanted to post up here because it is the top of the thread 😉

      January 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rift

      Yes the U.S. is a special place, but if you watch closely, or better yet, speak with some Egyptians, you'll realize the initial issue wasn't the form of government, but with the continued rise of the wealthly class vs. the continued fall of the middle class. In general, the protestors in Cario are the college educated middle class. As the same continues to happen here, the results will be the same. As it has always been throughout history.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      i agree...good for the people of Egypt !! Standing up for themselves...it will be a crazy year thats for sure, but we must stand up for what is right and the people will be heard!!

      January 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerty allstar

      great comment sir. Its funny that the ones that are arguing against you have no idea that they are brainwashed and believe everything that is told to them.........as they line up outside of their local starbucks typing on their iphones.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      qwerty allstar – aren't you typing on your Microsoft Corporation PC?

      Or are you a REAL rebel and use a Mac. lol!

      January 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clearvoice1

      Send some of the Tunisian and Egyptian protesters to Iran. Maybe they can change the government in Iran too.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      I have no idea that I am being brainwashed?? And who exactly are you to tell me that, huh? You know me well enough to tell me that I have no idea that I am being brainwashed...
      Well, you can continue to believe that those of us who enjoy the thought of individualism and capitalism over socialism and government going beyond the bounds of what the founders believed are "brainwashed". I can't change your mind on that. But, I just hope that you are able to one day realize that we actually have it pretty good over here, with our federal government essentially leaving each citizen's destiny up to them.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      Honestly you people don't even know what socialism means and if u read the ideology u would understand it is trying to increase individualism and te right of the individual, 50 years after McCarty and still using his rhetoric... Embarrsing

      January 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Maybe the Bush administration getting caught in his lies to his own countryman and the rest of the world have opened peoples eyes about all goverments existing for their own gains instead of the betterment of the people they represent.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clearvoice1

      My internet has just slowed down significantly. Does anybody know if we have outsourced our internt providers to Egypt?

      January 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • justsd

      well Phoenix, why don't you go overthere and try to balance yourself on a sand bag then talk about being brainwashed.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DL

      @ SpecialPlace: I will pretty much guarantee you there is a group in Egypt raking in most of the wealth that thinks things were/are wonderful. Certainly we would never have issues with a section of the population draining the majority of the wealth, while people can't get access to basic human services such as healthcare. You speculate that these people wanting more government is the problem...no, it's the solution. People know it's the only way to break the monopolies that have a stranglehold on the lower and middle class. These problems aren't going to go away. If you think this can't happen in America, you are kidding yourself.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Sorry but this complete and under trash. I'm sick of people whining about millionaires and peopel getting rich. That IS what America is supposed to be about. Anyone can do it and no one has an advantage over anybody else.

      If you aren't a MIllionaire then it is YOUR fault, not mine and not the American society.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      You are right bro, keep it up.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Crush the malcontents. Every time there are demostrations like this, is it almost always communist agitators (often from other places) behind it. Same thing happened in Toronto last summer.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      @clearvoice1 there is no need to do that in Iran they've done that 32 years ago and kicked out the US puppet (shah), so before you come up with any comment study the region, what you see in Arabian countries now is because of the revolution in Iran which took place 32 years ago. No more poppets in Middle East. US out.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve X

      funny how Gibbs is so measured in his responses about FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY FOR EGYPTIANS

      January 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      You honestly believe that socialism is supposed to INCREASE individualism? You cannot be serious.
      Don't tell me that I don't know what Socialism is. It is the near-ultimate "equalizer" of citizenry. It is about minimizing damage to those who can afford it to maximize benefit to those who cannot. It focuses on trying to create a single class through government intervention and stagnation of the incentive to do fantastic. Look around us. We have people who are on Section 8 housing plans. What does this teach our citizens? Does it teach them that they need to work hard, go to school, get a degree and present themselves with near-unlimited opportunities? Of course not. It ENABLES them to continue their habit of not improving their lives and, more importantly, teaching their children to do better. It's JUST LIKE the enabler of a drug-user...You give them money to help them in the short-term, but you damage them even worse in the long-term more than had you not given them a dime to go buy drugs and get high. You are TEACHING the lower income folks that it's okay to not push yourself to do better. There are MILLIONS of people who could be going to school while working, and they choose not to. I went through the turmoil of going to college and getting a degree. It's no picnic, I understand that. It's hard. But that's what you are supposed to do in order to compete. Instead, we give people money to NOT compete. You think LONG AND HARD about your socialism and whether or not it will ever work. It won't. Philosophically, we may be helping those who need it, but we hinder those who don't need it. In the end, we hinder the entire nation...all because a couple of elitists are willing to screw the minority who can do well with themselves in order to gain the confidence of the majority that need the help because they don't know how to go through life, to change things and make their childrens' lives better. It disgusts me how a couple of elitists (and their followers) honestly believe that government is the answer. If you like Socialism so much, why don't you PAY THE TAXES THAT I WOULD HAVE TO PAY UNDER SOCIALISM for me, you jerk.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialPlace

      And another thing;
      You think WE are the brainwashed??? Let me ask you something, Genius...
      Why is it that socialist leaders always seem to never give anything up to the poor? The socialist leaders are arguably the richest in the socialist nation...would you EVER see a socialist leader give up their stuff to help better the poor??? THINK ABOUT THAT ONE for a minute.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMurdo

      Amen to that!

      January 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • madonna

      shame on u america we dont want ur weapon's keep them and shot urselfs in the foot the US looks bad in this yet again who ever does ur pr FIRE THEM MMM AHHH MMM AHHH MMMM AHHH thats all u here

      January 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      Special place, I am in college and at a top one in California.. But I guess u forgot to read even one book while u went to one, if u did u would not ve spitting literally "special" rhetoric at me with complete disregard for what it actually says in any socialist literature. What are ur sources anyway for ur beliefs.. They are surely not credible.. And rich Not mid class nor lower class in US receive more welfare through subsidies.. The welfare u "see" in gen media is nothing to the implemented welfare given to the rich through systemic favoritism..btw u may think u are rich but I assure u, you probably are not. There is this idea somehow implemented in the mind of the Americans so we think everybody thinks they are middle class but in comparison to the RIch we are poor

      January 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bb

      Corruption of leaders does not depend on their supposed political ideology, do u think bus Obama or anyone would give up money for the poor. But the thing is not about giving money away, it is about creating equal opportunity and stopping favoritism based on socio economic class. How old ar u btw, because u seem to have grown up in the red scare buddy

      January 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Force2bewreckin

      these people are starving and we are supporting the government that is starving them. we need to get with people that want democracy not the dictatorship that is oppressing them.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimk


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

      I have to agree with the idea that you are merely putting forth a "nad-free" rant about the inequities of our society. And I agree that we are the most liberated society in the world. No politician would dare take away the internet or social networking abilities in our society. The primary difference between our society and the societies, such as Egypt and Tunisia, that are revolting, are the fact that we have a clear definition of government and the separation of church and state. We have assigned certain powers to our government and have also set the clear expectation that we will not be run by religion in this nation. The downfall of government is when they lose sight of the realization that without the people you have no government and no power. This is not an issue of "businessmen and women lining their pockets with black gold" etc, but a fundamental revolt in the interests of human rights and justice. We are not a brainwashed society that changes our minds on the whim of an aggressive political ad (that would be YOU listening to the Tea Party btw). I will concede the point that many people do not actively involve themselves in the politics of our nation leading to ignorance that can be confused as being brainwashed, but the US is most definitely not an example of a Theocracy or Autocracy, and should NEVER be compared to or confused with such governments.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brad

    Off topic but is north korea still "upset" over south korea or what?! how come they just gave up like pansies?

    January 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nana Andoh

      One crisis at a time please....

      January 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VJ

    The Egyptians have risen and they have their future and destiney in their own hands. No hypocratic statements from the West should sway them from their rightfully chosen path.

    Go Egyptians ... we are all rooting for you.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccquinn3

      We are NOT all rooting for them....Your opinion is not everyones...

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

      if you symphatize with them, go to egypt and be teargassed there and be shot at, your words are not enough, do it as**ole!

      January 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The TrapFiles!

    The Blacked Out The Internet in Egypt!? Government Can Take Your Freedom or Right To Anything in Any Moment!-TRAPFILES.COM

    January 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bama

    This is not good.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darryl Schmitz

    This is a preview of our future. Take a long, hard look, America.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris A

      Dumb comment, America already fought and won their freedom 220 years ago.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      no be so short to say it couldnt happen here in the USA, because there are so many people out of work and no home to go to...how long do you think they will stay that way? Why should they? and why should the people of Egypt be any different than us? We all are brothers and we must stand together!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andy youssef

    are not there any news about protests today 29 th?

    January 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAgirl

      I'ts still 1/28/2011 in Egypt – around 8:20PM

      January 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tm

    It is just people looking for the same freedom and the right to live with dignity ..

    January 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste

    The same thing is going to happen to America unless our government starts to listen to us. I never thought I would say that

    January 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris A

      Again, America won their freedom 220 years ago. We just were finalyl rid of Bush so we can get back to being a free country again.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigmowma

      Chris A, Obama just keeps extending the "State of Emergency" that was put in place on Sept. 14, 2001. Look up "loss of habeas corpus"and posse commitatus, which allows the pres. to use any and all military, even retirees for domestic purposes(enacted with the Patriot Act). Look up FEMA camps. Any law official can come into your house without your knowledge and confiscate your computer, phone, financial records, and anything else they want. They can tap your phone, your computer, etc. all just sitting outside your house without your knowledge. Bush/Cheney started it, Obama has the option to end it every year and he does not do it. All he has to do is tell congress "I'm extending it again" and that's it...no vote, no nothing. So...how free are you, really?

      January 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • arizonan44

      I Agree, and Egypt cannot be half as bad as what Washington has done to us here in Arizona. they killed mining, stopped any logging, they funnel illegals and drugs through here and force us to take the illegals and pay for them and their families,they have killed much of the ranching, they are always trying to take water from the farmers,they cause flooding and worsen drought, by denying permits for dams,about 17 percent of az is private land so if you all make the rest your vacation paradise we starve. when is enough enough

      January 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      I think Beck & Palin should start the revolution by setting themselves on fire.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lejaune

    Hosni Mubarak is an ideal friend of the US. A dictator who listens to the US. This means we tell him what we want and he dictates to his people. No ifs, ands and buts. This is why the US will not support the people as it did during Iranian demonstration.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Texas Pete

      Yeah, or maybe it is because when we supported the people in the Iranian demonstrations, they turned on us like a rabid dog.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Say what you want about seeming hypocritical, but there are differences between authoritarian governments. The government of Iran has always been diplomatically rabid, supporting destabilizing movements all over the Middle East as well as terrorism.

      Egypt, along with Jordan, has taken steps to make peace with its neighbors instead of inciting suffering elsewhere. The people of Egypt, as oppressed and downtrodden as they might be now, will be no better off if their new government turns them into a bellicose pariah state like Iran.

      As in Iran in 1979, where most of the protesters, who were relatively liberal students and middle class sorts, had no intention of forming a theocratic state but made the mistake of letting Khomeni get in charge, the protesters in Egypt today can also start a process that allows a retrograde group like the Muslim Brotherhood to take control with what appears to be the force of popular opinion behind them. As other revolutions have taught us, like the French and Russian ones, just because your protests start with the best of intentions does not mean the result will match the intentions.

      Even if Mubarak is a dictator, Egypt borders on Gaza and is in a position to make the Palestinian conflict, much, much worse if it is run by a regime that turns out to be destabilizing. Egypt also controls the Suez Canal. The US is hardly being hypocritical or narrow-minded if it is concerned with the fall of the current regime in Egypt.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Clark

      lejaune, you are ao RIGHT!!! Our great leader and his followers and so called adversaries (republicans), will act out their roles and act like their on the peoples side. But we know better. They will be on the dictator's side when it's said and done.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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