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    Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Tunisia Feva.
    Only this could produce an Islamist regime.

    Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime - Middle East - Salon.com

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    After civil unrest in Tunisia toppled the autocratic Ben Ali regime last week, the natural reaction was to wonder whether the effects would cascade across the region and encourage democratic movements elsewhere. It appears that Tunisia sparked at least one movement, after all -- and in the Middle East’s most populous country.

    Protesters took to the streets all across Egypt on Tuesday -- spurred by social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and energized by the developments in Tunisia -- demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year reign. The demonstrations turned violent in several cities including Cairo as police officers clad in riot gear (and armed with tear gas and rubber bullets) clashed with thousands of angry Egyptians.

    We've compiled some Photos, Videos and Links to serve as a launch pad into understanding just what happened in Egypt today:

    •Al Jazeera describes the mayhem across Egypt. (Al Jazeera)
    •The Christian Sciene Monitor rounds up the events of the day. (CSMonitor.com)
    •Mother Jones explains the historical underpinnings of today’s protests. (MJ)
    •The Atlantic ponders the significance of the protests and their long-term impact on the Egyptian polity. (theatlantic.com)
    •TechCrunch says that the Egyptian government has worked to censor Twitter and other websites since riots began. (techcrunch)
    Three dead in Egypt protests
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    Tear gas used to disperse thousands of demonstrators in central Cairo after a day of protests against the government.

    Two civilians and a police officer have died after a wave of unusually large anti-government demonstrations swept across Egypt, calling for the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

    In central Cairo, crowds numbering in the thousands protested and clashed with police throughout the day. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, security forces violently dispersed those who remained in Tahrir Square, the heart of the city, Al Jazeera's Adam Makary reported.

    Security officers fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to drive the protesters from the square, where they had chosen to remain throughout the night in protest. An Al Jazeera cameraman was shot with rubber bullets several times, including once in the face, Makary said.

    Telephone communication with people in central Cairo was nearly impossible, but Makary reported that the crowds, which had been peaceful, had been forced to escape the police, who fired dozens of tear gas canisters...

    Online campaigning

    Protests also broke out in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura and Tanta, and in the southern cities of Aswan and Assiut, witnesses reported.
    The rallies had been promoted online by groups saying they speak for young Egyptians frustrated by the kind of poverty and oppression which triggered the overthrow of Tunisia's president. More than 80,000 people signed a Facebook group saying they would participate in the protests.

    Egyptian blogger Hossam El Hamalawy told Al Jazeera that new media had been important in facilitating "the domino effect" needed for demonstrations like this one to progress, but he noted that it was the people in the street making the difference.

    "We want a functioning government, we want Mubarak to step down...
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Agree this is far more likely to result in an Islamist regime than Tunisia... though, there is a significant Chrisitian minority and there is an educated class that would resist Islamism...l
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Agree this is far more likely to result in an Islamist regime than Tunisia...
    Considering it is the birth place of modern radical Islamism then.. ya think?

    though, there is a significant Chrisitian minority and there is an educated class that would resist Islamism...l
    They are as good as dead if the Islamists get into power.

    Plus I dont see these "riots" snowballing like in Tunisia since the military hate the Islamists and will do anything to avoid them. But who knows these days... if Egypt goes radical, then the world is screwed.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

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    Considering it is the birth place of modern radical Islamism then.. ya think?



    They are as good as dead if the Islamists get into power.

    Plus I dont see these "riots" snowballing like in Tunisia since the military hate the Islamists and will do anything to avoid them. But who knows these days... if Egypt goes radical, then the world is screwed.
    Yeah, a radical Egypt would be a serious problem, but not everyone in Egypt is a radical Islamist. That being said, they DO have a lot of clout right now and if they decide to go through non-Democratic means to gain power, then we have a serious problem on our hands.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Not all Islamic countries are radicalized (Turkey/Indonesia). I see this in the same light as the recent uprisings in Iran.

    People want freedom and an end to government corruption. The internet and globalization have exposed normal people to the idea that they have the right to elect their own government and that they have extensive human rights. I approve of that message and the movement.

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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    I'm sure Israel is watching this one closely.. Maybe they should take back the Sinai toot sweet..


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    "Beginning of the end" for Egypt's Mubarak, as son and wife flee

    Embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son, who has been widely seen as his successor, has fled the country, according to US-based Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab.

    Thousands of Egyptians demanded an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and clashed with police on Tuesday, in unprecedented protests inspired by the revolt that brought down Tunisia's president.

    Gamal Mubarak, the politician son of the 82-year-old president, fled along with his wife and daughter, several newspapers reported, citing the Akhbar al-Arab report, even as Egypt's 'day of rage' bloomed in fearsome fashion at Cairo's al-Tahrir square where more than 30,000 protesters bayed for the end of Mubarak's rule.

    'Beginning of the end' for Egypt's Mubarak as son and wife flee
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    An uncomfortable situation for the the USA and EU who have supported the current Regime.

    Egypt has also blocked Facebook.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backc...-s-protestsThe
    US response to Egypt's protests
    'Not much' probably sums it up best.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday: "The Egyptian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and pursue political, economic and social reforms that can improve their lives and help Egypt prosper."

    In a statement today, US Ambassador Margaret Scobey slightly upgraded that talking point to include "we call on the Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful public demonstrations."

    So far, Egypt has responded to its "important opportunity" with tear gas, rubber bullets, beatings, and the arrest of hundreds of democracy activists and protesters
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Mbig -
    So far, Egypt has responded to its "important opportunity" with tear gas, rubber bullets, beatings, and the arrest of hundreds of democracy activists and protesters
    Make no mistake. You'd see exactly the same response here, should the peeps get restless..

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