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. Cesar

    @raven: Great I'll fed-Ex it to Alaska. Great item to begin your PETT organization. Please. Tell me which movie about the blowing. I don't know the answer.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Actually Im in WA now . The quote is from To Have And Have Not. Bacall said it. Hemingway wrote it . How bout this one : Joey, do you like movies about gladiators ?

    February 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Don't know, plz tell me?

    February 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Ill give ya a hint : SURELY you can guess ??

    February 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    I wasnt callin you Shirly . Its from Airplane!. The pilot said it to that kid .

    February 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @raven, no wonder I didn't guess it; I never saw that movie. But I do like movies with humor.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |

      omg... you been in a cave or something? next you'll say you never seen blazing saddles..

      February 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    bankers are stingy

    February 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    Sorry to break up your family reunion.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    True, but bankers DO IT with interest.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Sorry? Love is never having to say you're sorry.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eric

    Do you love me Cesar? Look deep in my eyes and tell me the truth.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |

    @eric.. are you from springfield missouri?

    February 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Eric: No.

    February 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eric

    You heartbreaker!

    February 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
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