Friday, February 11, 2011

Hosni Mubarak's Protest/Resignation

Live blog Feb 11 - Egypt protests

By Al Jazeera Staff in on February 10th, 2011.
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11:58pm The Turkish prime minister Erdogan, said in a written statement:
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Since the beginning of the mass protests in Egypt, Turkey has supported the legitimate demands of our brother Egyptians for democracy and freedom. The country should now move peacefully towards a new order that is pluralist, representative, and upholds human rights.

11:11pm Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement congratulating the Egyptian people on ousting Mubarak and expressed hope in this historic event meeting the aspirations of Egyptians so that it will continue to be a strong Arab leader.
11:05pm Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, spreaking to Al Jazeera:

It is not the role of outsiders to impose or depose the rulers of Egypt ... This is a momentous day for the entire Arab world. Where Egypt leads, traditionally, the rest of the Arab world follows ... An Egypt that wants to be a part of the international community will have to respect the peace treaty with Israel.
10:19pm We are back on this live blog, bringing you the latest reactions from Egypt and abroad.
7:58pm As Mubarak's resignation is announced, Al Jazeera cuts live to jubilant scenes in Tahrir Square.
7:37pm An audio update from Al Jazeera's web producer in Cairo. This was taken just over an hour ago:
7:34pm Qatar: We look forward a continuous special relations with Egypt that will benefit both countries.
7:12pm Bahrain's foreign minister Khalid al Khalifa: Egypt takes the Arab world into a new era .. Let's make it a better one
6:54pm ElBaradei speaks to Al Jazeera:
We need to rebuild the Egyptian culture and intellect
6:50pm Jubilation in Tahrir Square continues after Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's president.
6:39pm A somewhat timely piece by Yuliya Tymoshenko, former prime minister of Ukraine and current leader of the opposition:
My revolution betrayed - After revolutions, counter-revolutions may follow. But how can the spirit of an uprising be kept up as the years pass?
6:29pm Missed the 30 seconds that ended the 30 years of Mubarak's rule? Watch it again here:
6:20pm Ayman Mohyeldin, Egyptian and Al Jazeera correspondent, says that for so many people, "a dream has become a reality".
6:12pm: Mubarak steps down. Brought to you live on Al Jazeera:
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6:09pm: No point any of our presenters trying to speak over the roar of Egyptians celebrating.
6:04pm: Jubilation breaks out across Egypt. Flags waving. Joyous scenes in Tahrir Square, Alexandria, Suez.  Watch our live stream here:
6:03pm: He's gone. He's resigned. 30 years of Mubarak rule is over. Omar Suleiman says:
President Hosni Mubarak has waived the office of president.
6:01pm: Omar Suleiman addressing nation now.
6:00pm: Hosni Mubarak's move to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is "a positive first step", a White House official says.
5:58pm: Ibrahim Sharqieh, of Doha Brookings Institute, tell us a lot needs to happen "before we can really call this a revolution"
For the revolution to be successful, the regime needs to be completely changed - with Mubarak no longer in power - and probabaly not in the country either.  Also, the ruling NDP leaders cannot be in power.

The army can play an important role in making this revolution successful by working to establish a transitional government to take over from Omar Suleiman.
5:50pm Hossam Badrawi, the recently appointed general secretary of the NDP, resigns saying Egypt needed new parties.
It's a resignation from the position and from the party. The formation of new parties in a new manner that reflects new thinking is better for society now at this stage.
5:40pm Alaa Abdel Fatah says that the army have now given up and are letting the protesters control the flow of people around the state television building.
5:34pm Alaa Abdel Fatah, a prominent activist, speaks to Al Jazeera from outside the state television building in Cairo:
5:33pm Egyptian Museum remains shuttered; pyramids are open, but no sign of tourists.
4:58pm Protesters in the north Sinai town of El-Arish exchanged gunfire with police and hurled Molotov cocktails at a police station, witnesses said. About 1,000 protesters broke off from a larger group and headed towards a police station, lobbing firebombs and burning police cars, witnesses said.
4:53pm Military helicopters arrive at Cairo's Presidential Palace ahead of expected statement - more details soon.
4:39pm The Egyptian presidency is to make an "urgent and important" statement shortly, state television says. Al Jazeera showing live pictures from Alexandria:
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4:34pm Obama's intelligence chief, James Clapper, calls the Muslim Brotherhood movement "largely secular", Fox News reports.
The term 'Muslim Brotherhood' an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.
They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera.....In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.
4:09pm The Iraqi government is offering money and free flights to their citizens in Egypt who want to leave amid the social unrest.
More than 1,700 Iraqis have so far taken up the offer to return home, with Iraq making use of prime ministers Nouri al-Maliki's personal plane and one provided by transport ministry, while families who opt to stay in Egypt are also to receive financial support.
4:02pm What the Muslim Brothers Want - Essam El-Errian, a member of the guidance council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, writes for The New York Times, explaining that the "Egyptian people have spoken, and we have spoken emphatically".
3:56pm Tens of thousands of protestors in the port city of Suez have surrounded 10 government buildings and announced that they will not leave until Mubarak steps down. This reported by Al Ahram, the largest state owned newspaper.
3:48pm The prime minister of Denmark, Lars Rasmussen, has become the first European Union leader to call for Mubarak's resignation... saying he is, quote, "history".
3:43pm Al Jazeera continues to bring you the latest from Tahrir Square. Watch live on Youtube or here:
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3:31pm Senior ruling party official tells Al-arabiya station that Mubarak has delegated his authorities to the vice president last night, and he is now in-charge.
Mohamed Abdelllah, senior member of ruling party, also said that he had information that Mubarak was heading to Sharm el-Sheikh.
3:19pm Mubarak reported to have left Cairo with his family, the AFP news agency reports, citing a source close to the government. But it said his destination was not immediately clear.
3:15pm Significant splinter demonstrations have formed at the state television station in central Cairo - thousands are still streaming out of Tahrir Square towards the television building.
3:06pm Mother of protester who was killed in the protests, addressed protesters and said that she was willing to offer her second son for the struggle for democracy.
3:02pm Heavy security contingent surrounding the presidential palace in Alexandria with snipers on top of all the buildings surrounding the area - protestors continue streaming towards the palace.
2:58pm State telvision announces that the army will lift the state of emergency, but only when things calm down.
2:55pm In last 10 minutes the barbed wire barrier on the 6th of October bridge was removed and large group of protesters making their way to the area around the state television building.
2:51pm Egyptians hold 'Farewell Friday' - Al Jazeera reports that the protesters' new push to force Mubarak to step down may test the military's loyalties.
1:30pm Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Mahala, Tanta, Alexandria, Ismailia, and Suez took to the streets chanting "Mubarak must go".

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Photo sent in by Al Jazeera English reporter during Friday prayers in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria.

After the sermon was over, Al Jazeera English reporter, tweets:

"Another friday, another massive sea of hundreds of thousands, all calling for freedom on the streets of Alexandria!"

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Pro-democracy protesters continue to pour into Tahrir [Liberation] Square in Cairo. They call for president Mubarak to step down. The Imam during the Friday prayer in the square urged the people to stay strong and stick to their demands.
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Reuters news agency has reported Egypt's army said it would lift emergency law "as soon as current circumstances end," conceding a key demand to anti-government protesters but indicating it wanted them off the streets.

It also guaranteed a free and fair presidential election, constitutional changes and protection of the nation.

Vice-President Omar Suleiman has told Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to appoint a deputy premier from a council of "wise men" who have been in talks with the government. The state news agency says the deputy prime minister would take responsibility for "a national dialogue".
11:22am A few thousand protesters have gathered in Alexandria. Our correspondent says the crowd is expected to "increase massively" after midday prayers.
11:09am Massive crowds in Tahrir are chanting "the people and the army are hand in hand".
10:43am Photo sent in by journalism student @ghazalairshad from Tahrir Square with caption "broken bones but not broken spirit".

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The Associated Press news agency has reported that a former Israeli Cabinet minister who has long known Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, says Mubarak is looking for an honourable way out.

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer of Israel's Labor Party says he spoke with Mubarak just hours before the president's speech yesterday in which he transferred authorities to his deputy but refused to step down.

Ben-Eliezer told Army Radio that Mubarak knew "this was the end of the road" and wanted only to "leave in an honorable fashion."

Egypt state TV reported that they have not been able to enter or leave the building since last night.

An army officer joining protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square says 15 other middle-ranking officers have also gone over to the demonstrators.
"The armed forces' solidarity movement with the people has begun," Major Ahmed Ali Shouman tells Reuters.
9:24am The state news agency MENA says Egyptian military leaders have held an "important"' meeting and will issue a statement to the people. MENA says the chief commander and defence minister Hussein Tantawi chaired the meeting of the Armed Forces Supreme Council.
8:50am Mona Seif, an activist, posted this image of pro-democracy protesters this morning outside the national TV building. She wrote on her Twitter feed: A new morning, a new liberated area, national tv building #Jan25

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A video posted on Youtube shows a solidarity protest song titled Sout al Horeya, 'the sound of freedom', by Moustafa Fahmy, Mohamed Khalifa, and Mohamed Shaker.
"I went down and I said I am not coming back, and I wrote on every street wall that I am not coming back.

"All barriers have been broken down, our weapon was our dream, and the future is crystal clear to us, we have been waiting for a long time, we are still searching for our place, we keep searching for a place we belong too, in every corner in our country.

"The sound of freedom is calling, in every street corner in our country, the sound of freedom is calling..

"We will re-write history, if you are one of us, join us and don't stop us from fulfilling our dream.

The sound of freedom is calling.

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7:50am has linked to Al Jazeera across their entire site.

Ramy Raoof, an Egyptian activist, tells Al Jazeera: the demonstrators in Tahrir [Liberation] Square are peaceful demonstrators, if any violence erupts it will come from the regime's side not the demonstrators. 

Daniel Williams in Los Angeles Times: Egypt's power players

"In Egypt, the military is not a profession; it's a ruling caste. If that doesn't change, ousting Hosni Mubarak will mean little."
5:52am Thousands of protesters have moved overnight towards the sensitive presidential palace, in the upscale neighbourhood of Heliopolis in central Cairo.
In addition to Tahrir Square, pro-democracy protests have already blocked access to the parliament building near the Liberation Square.

Thousands of protesters were also surrounding the radio and television building in Cairo, which they see as a mouthpiece for Mubarak's regime.

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After two-and-a-half weeks of calls for him to go, president Hosni Mubarak's TV speech was eagerly anticipated. But hopes they would be hearing a resignation speech were dashed . Al Jazeera's Jackie Rowland reports.

5:20am Thomas L.Friedman in The New York Times: Out of Touch, Out of Time. . .

This man is staggeringly out of touch with what is happening inside his country. This is Rip Van Winkle meets Facebook.

Jim Hoagland in The Washington Post: Dear Hosni Mubarak . . .
Not nearly enough, Mr. President. Not within a million miles of enough.
3:51am Scenes from Tahrir Square: Mubarak's Non-Resignation (by one of our web producers in Cairo)
 3:34am  Robert Fisk of The Independent: As Mubarak clings on... What now for Egypt?
To the horror of Egyptians and the world, President Hosni Mubarak – haggard and apparently disoriented – appeared on state television last night to refuse every demand of his opponents by staying in power for at least another five months.
3:24am Canadian cartoonist Patrick Corrigan responds to Mubarak's speech (posted by globalcartoons via twitpic).
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3:14am Al Jazeera Arabic reports roughly 10,000 protesters are surrounding the state TV building in Cairo. The protesters are planning to spend the night there.
3:00am Statement of US president Barack Obama on Egypt:
The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.[...]
2:55am CNN says there are 1,000-2,000 protesters who have reached the presidential palace, an extremely sensitive site which nobody has marched to thus far. We're hearing that they are settling in for the night. That means there could be consistent, camped-out protests at Tahrir, parliament, and the presidential palace.
2:41am Pro-democracy protesters call for 20 million Egyptians to march tomorrow after Friday prayers.
2:25am More photos of angry protesters on Tahrir square listening to Mubarak’s speech (posted by @LaurenBohn via twitpic)
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2:05am Marc Lynch in Foreign Policy: Responding to the Worst Speech Ever
It's hard to exaggerate how bad Hosni Mubarak's speech today was for Egypt....
2:00am An angry crowd has gathered in front of the Egyptian State TV building in Cairo. Protesters are chanting against the regime and calling for Mubarak to resign. (posted by @Gsquare86)

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1:45am Slavoj Žižek in The Guardian: For Egypt, this is the miracle of Tahrir Square
There is no room for compromise. Either the entire Mubarak edifice falls, or the uprising is betrayed.
1:35am Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague:
 It is not clear what powers Mubarak is handing over to his deputy.
1:22am Protesters gathered in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square brandished their shoes - a serious insult in the Muslim world - while others shouted "Get out!" and "Down, down Hosni Mubarak".

1:05am Tunisians call on Egyptian protesters to see through their pro-democracy demonstrations after Mubarak announced his intention to stay in his position.
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  • Absolutely unbelievable.. How little respect can any single individual have for his own people to inflict this upon them. There simply are no words that can describe the injustice he inflicts on his people.
    I wish much strength to the people of Egypt in your continuing hardship. I love you and my heart goes with you.
  • My brothers and sisters in Egypt!

    Control your anger!!!
    Control you anger!!!

    Don’t take the bait!

    Don’t fall into the trap!

    This is what Mubarak and his American and Israeli allies want you to do!
    They want you to start violence to have an excuse to kill you!
    They wanted you to hope, just to destroy it!
    They were counting on your disappointment and your resulting anger!
    They set this all up! It was a set-up!!!
    This was no accident!
    These people are vicious!
    They are not like normal people!
    Power changes people! It destroys conscience and humaneness!

    But you are better! You are better!

    Egyptians – please – don’t kill each other!
    Arabs – please – don’t kill each other!
    Christians – please – don’t kill each other!
    Muslims – please – don’t kill each other!
    Humans – please – don’t kill each other!
  • I think this can only end with a march on the palace. Here's praying the military stands with the Egyptian people, and not with the dictator.
  • colorado_usa 1 day ago
    Mubarak refuses to stand down.....

    Mubarak claims he will seek to punish some, his regime members, with most severe sentences....

    Mubarak doesn't understand democracy. Because in a democracy, there are checks and balances. In democracy, one man can not pass the law, try the law, and then punish others under the law. Only dictators do this.

    Democracy is a rainbow of institutions, working in harmony, working with dignity and respect for each other.

    Mubarak served his country. Now Egypt - and the world - calls him to do the right thing, listen to Egyptians, and serve them - not by standing down, but by stepping aside. Now.

    Because, the status quo can not change status quo.

    Pro-democracy protestors are closer to success than they ever were.

    The darkest hours are often our first hours of victory.

    So keep going, my Egyptian friends. With your non-violent, peaceful, determined demonstrations.
    Because war never wins minds. Peace does.
    Because violence never wins hearts. Compassion does.
    Because hate never wins souls. Love does.
  • Dear Youth of Egypt,
    Congratulations! I am sorry I do not speak your language and must write this in my own.
    Right now I am watching you dancing in Tahrir Square, shooting off fireworks and celebrating the fall of a dictator that has ruled your country with the support of my government for 30 years. You have earned your joy. 17 days ago I watched on YouTube, one of you stand in front of an armored vehicle and make it stop moving down the street. Two and a half weeks ago I watched a few hundred you chase security police off of a bridge. I was at first surprised at your courage. I am now ashamed at my apathy. You have proven that the old networks of power that I thought immobile, following currents of money and resources through history, can fall. And that they can fall to peaceful persistence, without fear, towards pragmatic, obtainable goals.
    When I was frustrated with the slow measure by which my government moved in response to your courageous actions, I realized such frustration was too late. It was no better than the years in which I felt powerless to effect my government’s backing of your dictator. And this with all my freedom at my disposal! For this I am sorry. You have proven quite simply that no one is powerless. You have unequivocally proven to this to me.

    Thank you for the lesson.
    An American Youth
  • ManalT 1 day ago
    Egyptians.... you are almost there, this is not the end. stay strong and stay focused to your cause don't let this arogant low life move you with his nonsence. You have come so far, this regime is trying to emotionaly drain you, they initiated the rumours, created a great hype making you believe that this is the end and then shocked you, thinking that his little game will wear you out and have you give in to this terrorist. Be strong Egypt be strong... do not be taken by his "father figure" attempt or his "I am listening to the youth of Egypt" bull. He is at his knees! this regime is at it's knees! don't give up. I fear the worst of government criminal acts from this point onwards. May God give you strength, May God May God bless you, May God Bless EGYPT. Our hearts and minds are with you from Australia.
  • "Egypt is Free!" A lesson to the whole world. Proof that Collective Peaceful Action is more powerful than violence. The world celebrates with Egypt. "Egypt is Free!'
  • From a U.S. liberal blog:

    Dear Egypt: We Love You for Your Freedom

    "Remember when that ignorant fool (Bush) opined, 'They hate us for our freedoms'?

    As one American still ashamed by that comment, let me thank Egypt for such an amazing display of what freedom is about. Congratulations!

    May it inspire those of us watching from America to reclaim our own democracy."
  • Actually WE should thank Egyptians for what they did - they gave some hope to others :)
  • Jane Thompson 1 day ago
    The reason Suleiman doesn't think the Egyptians are ready for democracy is be cause he knows that NONE of them will vote for him.
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