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ElBaradei Joins Sit-In, Egyptian Politics

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Posted on Jun 25, 2010
AP / Tarek Fawzy

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei waves during a protest over an alleged police beating death in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt.

Former U.N. nuclear watchdog head, Nobel laureate and likely candidate for his country’s presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei has continued to position himself as a leading political figure in Egypt by taking part in a large-scale protest Friday over the death of a man at the hands of plainclothes policemen.

ElBaradei, back in Egypt after working at the United Nations for more than a decade, is expected to be the leading opposition figure to challenge President Hosni Mubarak. —JCL

The Guardian:

Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, joined about 4,000 Egyptians at a rare large-scale street protest today, in his most direct challenge to President Hosni Mubarak since returning to the country earlier this year.

The Nobel laureate turned opposition figurehead joined the sit-in in Alexandria over the case of a man allegedly killed by plainclothes policemen.

Numerous witnesses say Khaled Said, 28, died after being kicked and punched by the officers before eventually smashing his head against a marble shelf in an internet cafe on 6 June . Security officials claim Said died of asphyxiation after he swallowed a packet of narcotics hidden under his tongue.

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By truedigger3, June 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Re: By Shingo, June 27 at 7:51 am #


Shingo,

In my humble opinion, you got this one wrong.! Mubarak has passed the retirement age, and the Egyptian people is tired of him.
The US would prefer a new face take over, aka, a new maestro with the same music.
El Baradei would not have dared to challenge Mubarak unless he knew he has powerful backing!!!
Would that “regime change” be good for Egypt and its stability?, I am not so sure, and I am afraid what happened in Pakistan after Musharaf stepped down, will repeat itself in Egypt with the same dire unfolding events, chaos and violence. Time will tell and of course I could be wrong.

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By Shingo, June 27, 2010 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

El Baradei’s election would be a second blow to the US and Israel after losing Erdogan.

Given that Mubarak has groomed his son to replace him, it’s safe to say the election will be rigged and the US will applaud this example of democracy in action.

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By PatrickHenry, June 26, 2010 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

Mubaraks time has come and gone and he is due for retirement.

I hope an Egyptian government more critical of Israels current policies comes into power and uses its influence to change the status quo.

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By Jimnp72, June 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

And I hope he campaigns in the equivalent of an Army tank to keep him safe.
What a nice change for Egypt if he became president!

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By Ed Harges, June 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Where are all the neocons who claim to love the Iran’s
Green Party because of their devotion to democracy?

Why aren’t they all clamoring in support of Egypt’s
secular, reasonable, Baradei?

Answer: because the cynical tyrant Mubarak accepts US bribes
to keep him cooperating with Israel’s strangulation of Gaza and
other crimes. Baradei, who as head of the IAEA was defiantly
skeptical of neocon/Israeli nuclear alarmism about Iraq and Iran,
would probably not be so “good for Israel” as Mubarak. As leader
of Egypt he might even try to adopt a foreign policy more
independent of Israel, and of the American government that
belligerently serves Israel.

The neocon/Israeli champions of “democracy” can’t wait to bomb
Iran to smithereens and kill lots of people, including lots of those
dear little Green Party dissidents they claim to love—but whom
they plainly despise, as much as they despise Egyptians, Americans,
and in fact everyone and everything but their own royally Chosen
arses.

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By gerard, June 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

I feel huge admiration for El Baradei for all his stringent U.N. inspection work.  I hope he fully and deeply understands the possibilities, the philosophy and practice of nonviolent action.

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