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. kingofusa

    We study history to learn from our mistakes. We never learn. We repeat. The youth of Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, etc., have been fighting the good fight for a while now; they want freedom and democracy. They are tired of old, fat corrupt leaders oppressing them. This happened in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages, in America 240 years ago and many other countries since.

    However, all governments eventually become corrupt, just like their predecessors. Optimistically, I say good luck to these people, but pessimistically, I know that even if their revolutions are successful, their new governments will become corrupt, just like those in Europe, America and the rest of the world.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Intentionally Blank

      OLD FAT AND CORRUPT LEADERS? This IS what we have in America.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kingofusa

      As I said, "We repeat." America is just as corrupt, and has been for a very long time.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • UP1652

      Foolishness, Obama is neither old nor fat. Many incongress and the senate are younger folk.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Thank you, CNN, for being somewhat accurate in this report. Now please go to your tv anchors and make sure they get the facts right. They're saying tanks are entering the fray, when they're armored personnel carriers. There's a big difference (and I'm not just talking about the technical aspects). If tanks were getting into it, it would mean an entirely new level of emergency.

    I'm not sure if they're just trying to sound more dramatic, but they need to be accurate.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Update: NOW there are tanks.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    What is Obama doing to help these people and bring more of a democracy or republic to Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen? We need to help these people out if we want to avoid being part of the problem, especially after our worthless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I bet Obama and Clinton are trying to support Mabarak and Egypt dictatorship, it is part of our deal with the devil to further our own business, energy and political interests.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Intentionally Blank

      Why does Obama have to do anything? America needs to worry about their own people and stop sticking their nose in everyones busines.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • americanno

      I hope he's doing nothing because it was American intervention that propped up the dictators for decades and created the majority of the problems in the Middle East. Let the citizens resolve the problems of their countries.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      The problem is that people are thinking the next stage for a country like Egypt is automatically going to be democracy, when it will more likely be closer to theocracy. Which would you support? The current government, or the possibility of adding yet another country to our terror list?

      January 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. americanno

    If you're really interested in what's happening in the Middle East, Al Jazeera's coverage is a lot more thorough than CNN.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • heba

      sadly that is true

      January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cynthia

    I didn't realize how predominant Twitter is until now. I'm in awe that a quirky little social website is the source of breaking news. And was it necessary to fatally shoot a guy throwing a rock? How about shoot him in the thigh or shoulder to take him down.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. GT66

    Ahh the cops.... Is there any tense situation that they can't make worse?

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      I can't understand why police think they're "different' than the rest of the citizenry. I know the government is their employer, but it seems like they never stop to get the "bigger picture" and just stick to their brainwashed loyalties.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe in Colorado

    Those poor people need guns. Fighting back with rocks isn't going to work, unfortunately.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. heba

    heavy firing and explosions heard in Cairo..from Aljazeera

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. zia

    Do not see this as the beginning of the fall of Hosni Mubarak. It's the beginning of the fall of the USA.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • UP1652

      I beg to differ. What it will probably result in is a theocracy run by your mullahs and in a few years Mubarek will seem much less evil by comparison.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Seyo

    soon will see stuff like this here in the USA,,,,high unemployment

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      Nah, most Americans are too lazy. We pay people to do our dirty work. Everyone just wants to stay home and watch tv. And plus the unemployed can just file for gov money. Why would they protest against that?

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

      I'm lazy because i scrounge up a living cutting firewood? I think not! the big economic issue is our gov't acts like a ten year old who just got $100 for Christmas and uses it all the next day for something they dont need, in turn they come to us ask for more money then spend it all again this in response this causes the hard working citizens of the U.S.A. to require more money to live in their home and feed their family which causes industries to increase their minimum wage through labor unions and forces them to let go of their workers. The fact that the government gets money from the productive laborers means that the governments money is severely limited which means that the gov't wont always have money to give us.

      "the government was designed to serve the people who help advance our country"

      January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Denalda B

    Dear President Obama:
    I have a friend in Eygpt and her family, I am begging you to do everything you can for the PEOPLE in Eygpt, they are the victims. You cannot let them down. They need the UN to get involved and start protecting good people who only want the right to not be opressed under a dictator. They want a good education, jobs, be able to feed their families, and have their voices heard. Thank You.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • neil

      Unfortunately, I think your friends are going to be living under a worse regime than Mubarak. The Al Sadr's of the world are likely already planting their dirty seed in the soil. I will pray for your loved ones. Freedom for Egypt!

      January 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Metropl


      You should write him a letter and mail it or email him on the computer so he gets the message.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      If Egypt was being invaded, I would be all for sending in Troops, however, this is an internal issue, I think everyone but Egyptions should stay out of it. If the people want freedom, they should earn it. If that peace and freedom is brought by an outside force, people will not appreciate it as much.

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

      People Power can be ruin by violent protest. Throw prayers not rocks, Yell the Quran not insults.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dannon

      Lady, do you really think the US isn't in the background? The past support to a rebellion is support unseen.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Denelda B. The USA has never really supported the people. Just look at how they "represent" the will of their own citizens. The USA supports other governments. They look out for each other and back each other up when they cheat the people. Your best hope is that the US government does nothing because I fear if they get involved, Egypt will be ruined like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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


      January 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      I have a fiance MFO soldier deployed to egypt near cairo. I hope he isnt called to help the egyptian soldiers. I wish the best for the egyptians but i dont want my loved one forced to fight them.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denalda B

      I know that it will ultimately be up to the Eygptian people to free themselves from the opression, I cannot speak for all Americans but I can speak for myself and my family and I know That as in all countries you have your good and bad people, but with that being said; when a government fails its people then change must happen in the government. My friend is a college student who only wants for fairness in their elections, prosperty for her people and her country. This is a human rights issue.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. Slider

      Please return to the Sedan to help your people in their time of need. You should bring your trusty fork and also some of those great ribs and Chinese food like you have in your fine eatery in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The people of the Sudan are in desperate need of the madman from the Sudan at this time of turbulence and suffering. I implore you to please help them out.
      with all do respect,
      Raymond Stors Morgan

      January 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The same thing happened in Iran in 1979, unfortunately for everybody, the american goverment decided NOT to Support the moderate, the moderate were under the banner ""socialist"" just like in Chile (Chile the best market economy in South America) and decided to saty in the side lines, the result was the ayatola taking power and the rest is already known..

      America should imediately support the moderates in the middle east, they should not give a cahnce for the ultra religious right to take the advantage..

      I hope History has teach something to the USA..

      and then may be not..

      January 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      In the long run, this may happen in the US if things do not change. The middle class is going down, wall st. (the rich) is getting richer and corporations are giving USA jobs away to other countries. It will happen here.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • marx_ista

      Hahaha don't you people understand that the current Egyptian government is and ally of the U.S. and aides them in maintaining control in the region and supporting Israel. Mr. Obama is not going to do anything but support the current government like its been doing for years now, the only reason the U.S. is now publicly calling for reform is to try and save face when the excrement hit the fan. You people need to get your news from sources other than CNN.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chino

      Seriously? Where was Obama when this was happening in Iran? We wouldn't even be talking about them going nuclear and destabilizing the region. Remember that beautiful young student shot in the throat and we watched her bleed to death on You tube? He didn't even acknowledge this brave young lady. Those people in Iran begging for international support, particularly from the US did not get a response. The leaders were rounded up, assassinated or thrown in jail and the uprising went away. Now Iran undermines us all over the world. Obama will turn a blind eye to these events as well and let these poor people be crushed. He has so stated that he backs the current Egyptian dictator.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Egypt forever

    We don't want to listen to a hypocrite Hosny Mubarak. We are sick of him. We all want him out.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Denalda B

      I pray the world listens to the people of Eygpt, I know my friends are good people they have become like family to me and from our long conversations about their culture and ours they are the same, they want the same things we do, freedom.

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

      To make way for fundamentalis sharia law?,,, not on your life!! Mubarak stays!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sarah

    I hope all of my family back home is safe. Does anybody know the name of the facebook group associated with the protests? Supposedly it's reached over 80,000 members, but I can't find it.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Denalda B

      I will pray for them to be safe, and that the Egyptian people are heard.

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

      It's "We are all Khaled Said." You can also look for "El Shaheed". But Facebook is cut off in Egypt.. although rumor has it you can access it through Google Chrome.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • piet

      we are all khaled said

      January 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GW

    Go Egyptian brothers! GO GO GO!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • VienerShnitzel

      wow... this protest is getting huge. This is crazy! I hope for the best for teh Egyptian people. However I agree with what a guy said before. THey need to do it on their own, that way they would appreciate it much more.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaryTrololo

    Wow how I wish this was a pic of DC.

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

      Guessing you don't live in DC then..

      January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralf the Dog

      Wow, how I wish you lived in Egypt (or any other country).

      January 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob


      You are the typical American nut, I have never seen people that hate eachother so much.. and then they tell you ""United we stand""

      Ha Ha Ha..

      January 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Wait, you wish you could overthrow a democratically elected government? Well, hope I see you in the streets then, because something tells me you're not going to overturn my vote. Idiot.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      Bob, exactly!

      Mary, that was really uncalled for. You really have no idea what you're talking about.

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

      what an ignorant selfish comment.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Cooper

      The rest of you are actually the short sighted ones. This will come to pass here. Things are deteriorating. When our currency is replaced by Chinas and people can't pay for food let alone the iPhones and the rest of the trendy garbage the corporations have you hooked on.... THEN you will see a mirror image of what you see there, here. You've seen it happen in Greece, France, Tunisia and now Egypt. Why would you assume it would be any different for us? We're a country full of pampered babies. Pffft, we'll crack before them!

      January 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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