Protests continue as tanks roll into Cairo's Tahrir Square
Egyptian Republican Guard tanks are positioned at Cairo's central square.
January 29th, 2011
03:30 AM ET

Protests continue as tanks roll into Cairo's Tahrir Square

Egyptian military tanks surrounded Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered on Saturday.Demonstrators chanted "Down with Mubarak" and "We are all Egyptians."

The atmosphere was tense, but people gathered in the square were posing for pictures with tanks and shaking troops' hands.

Tahrir Square, located near many government buildings in the heart of downtown Cairo, has been a focal point for protesters.

Nearby, police fired tear gas on protesters who were pushing toward the country's Interior Ministry.

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  1. Mitch

    We are truly blessed to be living in America. People complain about our poverty, job market, and economic situation...but they don't realize there are countries out there that don't even have the option to control any of those things. We may have problems, but we are still a great nation regardless of our trough times. I pray for the Egyptians, and I hope their country can find the government it needs to get passed the adversity. With the constant change in ideals in interest in our modern world, no President should rule for 30 years. We aren't just one nation, but one world, and we should all strive for peace even though it's quite impossible. Hope.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • K70loveC71

      you can't helped it...mostly of the rulers wants to ruled until their last breath and they always said they want to serve for the best of the country but it's not even true. and your prayer will never help to change this Mubarak. he has his own personal interest in his own life not to his country nor to his countrymen.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |

    People in America need to fight and wake up and follow the protests and do the same with this corrupt government of ours...America has had the "same" President also for years since our last real president who wanted to take the federal reserve out of private hands and into the hands of the public, however, for trying to do so he was assassinated and all the presidents after him were nearly puppets for the "Money Changers", we need to stand up and fight the lies our government told us about 9-11...Why are they ignoring over 1,400 architects and engineers from all over the world about the real and true facts about 9-11...its about time we take a stand as Americans and say enough is enough...we too are starting to see the separation of the middle class in this country and its going to get worse if we don't do something about...

    January 29, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |

      Extremely well put.STOP NWO. Nothing could be closer to the truth!!! We need more intelligent posters like you telling it like it is! Thank you.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Uh, go poo in your diapers. The problem with the middle class is seriously you believe you are "the have's" but fail to realize the conglomerant machine is designed to only munch "the have's not." The middle-class are stupid people, who reality are delusional and keeps the conglomerate machine runnig for THE HAVE'S whom by design does not posesse enough numbers to pull it off...hence the middle class are "have's not in denial." I'm sure there's a HAVE that snickers everytime a "middle-class" whines.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Wow, another nutter who actually believes JFK wanted to get rid of the Federal Reserve. God, you people would be hilarious if you weren't so pathetic.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. markjuliansmith

    Egyptian citizens had better remember what has happened with Iran and the great Democracy and freedoms they now enjoy.

    We are now seeing the Iranian Elite Clerics claiming this is another Religious Democracy (logically this is not possible as we all know) in the making.

    I seem to remember an Iranian protestor hanged last week. How many socialist left? You want to be shot in the streets and hanged in the jails – you think you have got it bad now?

    Egyptian citizens better take stock of the ‘free’ state they are going to be chained to in future – if it has a religious tag run like hell.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Are you trying to be funny??? If you are,you're not!!! Will you kindly post your jokes elsewhere,please?!?!?!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      A lot of people are claiming it's a lot of things, moron. What it is now is unacceptable. What it will be in the future remains to be seen.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • markjuliansmith

      It must be remembered however justified a revolution which these undoubtedly are right across the region without being absolutely clear that history throws up even worse resulting outcomes than the previous regimes care must be taken in who is responsible for creating the new societies template. That is all I am saying. Run with the wolves be prepared to be devoured or even worse to become a wolf yourself.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeff

    We had race riots in the 60's with fire bombings, burning cities and looting, we had a civil war before that...we had the military turn on civilians (students/Kent State Ohio) and kill 4 of them during the Viet Nam War..we have Republicans and far right conservatives basically telling people to go out and shoot people who don't agree with them ...or showing them (Palin's web site targets) Tucson's victims...wake up from your coma America!! Care about your country. Or your children's blood will run in the streets and we will have ruined this fine 200 year old experiment ourselves.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      You are insane and so is the person who thinks 911 was a government conspiracy. And it's also offensive that you would say the streets will run red with my childrens blood when you have no evidence to support that claim. This however will most likely fall on deaf ears as it seems you are an irrational person and there is no rationalizing with an irrational person.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

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    January 29, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It's really a problem with the Matrix!

      January 30, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. steph

    First, no we Americans don't need to "wake up & fight". Who shall we fight? What we need to do is really decide what kind of society we want to live in. This must be done without the influence of the Koch brothers and their tea-drinking stooges. Hey,maybe we SHOULD fight. THEM. With the support of the Supreme Court, they've purchased the government. As far as egypt goes, naturally, we'll end up backing the wrong horse,& enjoy a rather lengthy conflict with Islam. Sorry.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      How right you are,steph. I couldn't agree more. Thank you.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Research Iranian history before you make such ignorant comments.

    From Wikipedia: "In 1941 Reza Shah was deposed and his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was installed by an invasion of allied British and Soviet troops. In 1953 foreign powers (American and British) again came to the Shah's aid– after the Shah fled the country, the British MI6 aided an American CIA operative in organizing a military coup d'état to oust the nationalist and DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh."

    I'm sure you can figure out what happened after that. If you can't, google it and learn something for a change.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • markjuliansmith

      @John What do you want the names of the Iranians shot in the street and /or the ones hung for protesting – It appears history is what you want it to be but I am not sure the Iranian families left to grieve would agree with your version.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      There's a gigantic difference between Iran and Egypt. First and foremost,in Iran the unrest was totally foreign orchestrated by outside agencies like the C.I.A. and the British M-6 and possibly ,the Israeli Mossad. On the other hand,the unrest in Egypt is totally spontaneous. And please,no more jokes about the "freedoms" the Egyptians enjoy!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • markjuliansmith

      John who is out of touch with reality?

      " Iran the unrest was totally foreign orchestrated by outside agencies.."

      Given the aspirations of the demonstrators both Egyptian and Iranian are exactly the same how can you John substantiate such an outrageous claim one is totally outside generated and the other is not.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. McMurdo

    They sell us the Presaident the same way
    They sell us our clothes and our cars
    They sell us everything from youth to religion
    The same way they sell us our wars
    I want to know who the men in the shadows are
    I want to hear somebody asking them why
    they can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
    but they're never the ones to fight and to die "Lives in the balance " Jackson Browne

    January 29, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. steve crichton


    January 29, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. eric

    You say you want a revolution, well you know...

    January 29, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @ John...correct. Wars aren't knee-jerk reactions. The wars on Iraq and Afghanistan were planned years in advance. The war on Iran will go through right on schedule as well. The US has been behind numerous changes of leaderships in the mid-east for decades. Now we rely on Chinese products and are stuck with protecting China's oil supply: oil from the Caspian Sea basin. Who owns the mineral rights to this oil bound for China with Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan being in the way of it's customer? None other than The Carlyle Group of former politicians and businessmen...Bush(s), Carlucci, Major, Baker III, Cheney...and oh yeah, 26 members of the bin Laden family. Get a clue people. these wars are not about God, Country, nor freedom.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      Quite true Philip,quite true except in Egypt where the uprising is spontaneous. The people there have been suffering for a very long time under this cursed Mubarak who cares nothing for them. Mubarak is no more than a Muslim Elitist who doesn't seem to even care much about Islam either,only to feather his own nest like the rest of them!!!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Uh, if you're actually gigantically stupid enough to believe that the US has any intention of invading a country with 80 million people, you should do the gene pool a favor and blow the dog sh1t that passes for your brains out now.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    That's right. It's about self-interest, which boils down to money, Philip.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    I guess my good friend Philip went to a near-by Irish pub to have a few. God bless the Irish-Great people. I am not Irish. I am hispanic.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Victor Ireland

    Unsurprisingly, the majority of Americans don't appear to know:
    1/ Mubarak has been kept in power by the USA and Israel
    2/ Billions of dollars and military aid are given to Mubarak and cronies every year
    3/ The euphemistically called "Aid" is hard earned cash taken from US taxpayers by their own corrupt government
    4/ The US taxpayer is responsible for the brutal totalitarianism the Egyptian protesters are attempting to get rid of.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Markey Marshall

      Well said,Victor. Thank you.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Inspector

    I hope the people are successful, but what I dont understand is if they are so concerned about their future then why are they destroying such important things from their past aaand.... how much credibility can they maintain if they continue protest with violence and destruction. The police cars and government buildings that are being burned will have to be replaced and the people that will eventually end up paying for them are the very people complaining that they are poor. God bless them and bring them peace.

    January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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