Egypt: Police officers protest; banks to close for two days
Volunteers sweep up in Tahrir Square on Sunday following days of unrest that culminated in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
February 13th, 2011
07:20 AM ET

Egypt: Police officers protest; banks to close for two days

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied since January 25 on the streets of Egypt's major cities, calling for economic reforms, railing against corruption and demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. After daily street demonstrations, Mubarak decided to step down from the presidency of Egypt on February 11 and assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the affairs of the country. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

Developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the revolution in Egypt:

[Update 9:29 p.m. in Cairo, 2:29 p.m. ET] - Hundreds of Egyptian police officers and National Bank staff protested on Sunday. The police said they want higher pay, shorter hours, better benefits and more respect; bank staff said they wanted better pay and the resignation of some top executives.

[Update 7:00 p.m. in Cairo, 12:00 p.m. ET] - Egyptian banks will be closed for two days, state television announced Sunday after protests by workers at the country's National Bank.

[Update 2:45 p.m. in Cairo, 9:45 a.m. ET] - Egypt's parliament is dissolved, Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement Sunday.

[Update 2:15 p.m. in Cairo, 7:15 a.m. ET] - After throngs of Egyptians put their lives on hold for more than two weeks, Egypt began its first regular work day Sunday without longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak as president.

- For the first time since demonstrators took control of Cairo's Tahrir Square - the epicenter of mass protests that brought down Mubarak's nearly 30-year regime - traffic was flowing freely through the area Sunday morning.

- Members of the army Sunday started to move people who had been camped out in the center of Cairo's Tahrir Square.

- At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday. It was unclear whether the anquities chief was referring to a previously reported break-in on January 28, or another incident at the museum.

- Uniformed police officers joined demonstrations in Cairo on Sunday morning. Demonstrators carried officers on their shoulders amid cheers of "police and people are one."

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his country's government welcomes the Egyptian military's pledge to continue to honor its peace agreement with Israel. "We believe that it is the cornerstone of peace and stability, not only between the two countries, but in the entire Middle East as well," Netanyahu said, speaking at the start of Israel's weekly Cabinet meeting.

- In Yemen, a group of anti-government protesters marched toward a presidential palace and chanted, "First Mubarak, now Ali," referring to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

- Hundreds of employees of the National Bank of Egypt  - some wearing suits - protested at the main offices near the Foreign Ministry on Sunday, demanding better compensation packages and the resignation of some bank executives.

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  1. Preacherman

    FREEDOM BABY, SWEET FREEDOM! A MAN WHO TAKE ANOTHER MAN'S IS A DISGRACE TO HIS PARENTS AND THE WORLD. IT'S PROFITABLE IF HE HAD NEVER BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO LIFE!

    February 14, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Preacherman

    Keep the fight til pure liberation is vividly experienced. Anyone seeking freedom, justice, equality, love, peace, unity; i stand with u both in spirit and in prayers. God is just and he will not let u down. You days of oppression are number.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @raven, Don't call me Shirley.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. White Russian

    I thought everything was going to be chocolate rivers and candy cane palm trees when Mubarak stepped down.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. White Russian

    Seriously, where's the gumball raindrops and fields of licorice?

    February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tamara

    So I live and work in the Red Sea in Egypt. While i am pleased the country has achieved ridding themselves of a dictator(as far as we have been told), I am now tired of the ongoing 'protesting' that is affecting all of us. Things will not magically change overnight and yes you suceeded by protest the first time but that doesnt mean you can do it for everything. The sad fact is that these people now think that if they protest as they did to overhaul Mubarak, they will get everything they ask for. Quite simply democracy doesnt work this way. I am fortunate to be from New Zealand where we have freedom, choice and a quality of life. The Red Sea has been severly affected from the revolution fallout-Egypt if you want the money to roll back in, get back to normal life-tourists are your number one contributor to the economy and right now they are extremely few and far between. The lack of education and knowledge in this country is creating instability and unpredictability. This place barely functioned before the revolution, so whats next???????? By the way banks are closed again for 3 days plus the weekend.......nice one-you want tourists to come back yet you cant assure them that there are the necessary services available.....wake up!

    February 16, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
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