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Egyptian Upheaval: Day 6

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Posted on Jan 30, 2011

A column of tanks was stopped in downtown Cairo as protesters blocked the way.

A military show of strength defined the sixth day of anti-government protests across Egypt. Jet fighters repeatedly flew over Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the main center for demonstrators, while a column of tanks, a la Tiananmen Square, was blocked by protesters.

Meantime, opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei arrived at the square to show his support and address protesters. —JCL

The BBC:

Tension is mounting in the Egyptian capital Cairo after the military staged an apparent show of strength during a sixth day of anti-government protests.

Two air force jets and a helicopter repeatedly flew low over Tahrir (Liberation) Square, the main gathering point for demonstrators.

A column of tanks arrived there only to have its path blocked by protesters.

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By Calabashe, February 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Sorry - read political reform not social reform.

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By Calabashe, February 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

“Egypt is in reality a benevolent military

Don’t think the Egyptian street would agree with you. They have a list of legitimate grievances. Mubarak has eliminated any and all opposition. At the beginning of the crisis, Mubarak pulled the police in the hopes chaos would reign and the street would beg Mubarak to restore order. Tactic failed.

Mubarak has suspended all communication, especially internet and cell phones. He shut down transportation to try to restrain peaceful demonstration. Mubarak has allowed the state to become non-functional. Banks are closed. Shops are closed and there has been looting and great concern of Egypt’s national treasures.

The beauty of this revolution is that the street, in cooperation with the rank and file military, have taken on the responsibility of law and order themselves, as best they can.

A few years ago I suggested Islam was in serious need of reformation as it approaches the same age when the Christian reformation began. I may have been wrong. It’s not necessarily that there be a religious reformation as it is there needs to be a social reformation in the Arab world.

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By Blackspeare, January 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

Talks of Hosni Mubarak’s demise are a bit premature. 
Egypt is in reality a benevolent military
dictatorship.  Since the overthrow of the monarchy
in 1952, the Egyptian military has always held
power——all the leaders of the country have come
from the military starting with Nasser.  Unknown to
many, Hosni Mubarak is a military hero who commanded
the Egyptian air force during the Yom Kippur War and
in the initial stages of that war led his air force
to several impressive victories over the IDF.  As
such Mubarak is well respected by the military and
by playing his cards right he could very well stay
in power.

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By altara, January 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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“Egyptian Opposition Plans ‘March of Millions’ for Tuesday”

If King Tut were alive today he’d be rolling over in his grave.


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By rollzone, January 31, 2011 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

hello. the canal, the lifeblood of commerce for the
region, the only concern for global corporate
economists, the invaluable water link for the cheap
flow of dollars- will the canal remain open. will it
require internationalization? can globalists achieve
an unprecedented black collar theft of vital interest
for the global community by declaring the canal an
asset of the global community? blatant American
influence in the region would diminish, and no longer
economically affect local politics. an international
canal defended by the international community, leaves
the Egyptian government free to represent only the
interests of the Egyptian people, and not be
conflicted by bribes. are properties too invaluable
to international commerce to be left under the
jurisprudence of any single nation, or are they
really only the most profitable course of least
expenditure? it is not only the oil barons and
petrodollars of concern; but there are other means
and routes of distribution, and other resources
available. feigning concern of new leadership keeping
open the canal to international commerce has been a
silly stall, while positioning the new puppet
mouthpiece of global greed. is there no woman for the
job? the future of economic opportunity for every
present society is beyond fossil fuels and economic
blackmail. transitioning to new energies in free
market economies is the source of capitalist
expansion. free the economies and allow capitalism to
consume the peoples, and politics will be easy.

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By PatrickHenry, January 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

Soon the military will go over to the protesters.

Game over.

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