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. George Milton

    Elections wont be for six months? How do the people know that Mubarak didn't just tell a military leader to claim they had taken power and have him still calling the shots. I rather understand why they would continue with emergency rule either way because too many leaders are out of position and the people are still in peaceful rebellion. Something still smells about the way this is playing out..

    February 13, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. ed

    Only an idiot would believe that anyone, but these posers(paid for, and hired by the federal reserve to pretend that revolution is peaceful, because americans are on to the federal reserve, and they are coming for the traitors), was out sweeping up.

    Priceless treasures from the museums, and oil contracts, and portfolios, and bonds, and cash, and gold, are just a few of the items actually being swept up. It's interesting to someone like me, who needs so little, and i'm happy to just observe people trying to get what they think they want.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. James R.

    The Egyptian police want higher pay because they did such a good job shooting, gassing, and beating protesters.

    February 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |

      now thats a job i'd do for free..

      February 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry folks,I never posted the above. I wish that this creep would stop using my name in making his idiotic comments here!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

      whatever clonenutt

      February 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phyllis

    Let's see how this plays out. Especially for women and children.

    February 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

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    February 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Bacon Chef

    Fudge them pigs

    February 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    ........Sutler was here.......

    February 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |

    did the bankers get paid or did they have to use vacation days?

    February 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @RuffNutt: I could have been somebody. I could have been a contenda. I might have been the champion of the world. Instead of dat, I'm a bum. I'll always be a bum. You're my older brother, you were supposed to look out for me.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |

    you should have stayed outta my weed... and if you wouldnt have sneaked my camaro out to pick up chicks without my permission i would haven't had to kick you out of my trailer..

    bttw you still owe me 20$ for gas/weed.. and i want my three wolves t-shirt back...

    February 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    On The Waterfront .

    February 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    @ Cesar, You know how to whistle dont you ? You just put your lips together and blow .

    February 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @raven, yes, I blow. Waterfront-Yes I think so. I blow.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    @Cesar, Ill take you up on your stair climber. I could use it as a tie rack.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    The blowing thing is a movie quote, silly .

    February 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
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