….The demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people were the biggest
and bloodiest in four consecutive days of protests by people fed up with
unemployment, poverty, corruption and the lack of freedom under Mubarak….
….Many protesters are young men and women. Two thirds of Egypt's 80
million people are below the age of 30 and many have no jobs. About 40 percent
of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day…..
…"This protest is not going to stop. They won't and can't trick the
people again and give us some lame concessions. Hosni has to go," protester
Mohamed Taha in Hussein said after fleeing a police attack….
"I am 70 years old, I am going to die, but these people have to fight
to live," he said.
[Hmmm…..so the sheeples are tired of
being screwed over.]
…The events pose a quandary for the United
States, which has professed its wish for democracy to
spread across the Middle East. Mubarak,
however, has been a close Washington
ally for many years and the recipient of huge amounts of military aid. ….
….Friday evening marked the first time the army had been put
onto the streets. It was not immediately clear what role it would play or how
troops would react to the protesters….
….Egypt has been under emergency
rule throughout Mubarak's term in office [30 years]. The government
says it is used to combat terrorism. Critics
say it is used to stifle any dissent….
….It is far from a foregone conclusion that the protesters will force
Mubarak out. They face two key challenges, said Amon Aran, a Middle East expert
at London's City University.
"One is the Egyptian security apparatus, which over the years has
developed a vested interest in the survival of President Mubarak's regime. This
elaborate apparatus has demonstrated over the past few days that it is determined to crush political dissent,"
"Another obstacle derives from the fact that, so far, the protesters do
not seem to form a coherent political opposition. The popular outcry is loud
and clear, but whether it can translate into a political force is questionable."