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Mubarak Calls Out Army Against Unrest

From Reuters:

Mubarak orders army to back police against unrest

By Shaimaa Fayed And Yasmine Saleh
January 28, 2010

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Hosni Mubarak sent troops and armored cars onto the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday in an attempt to quell street fighting and mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule.

Mubarak declared a night-time curfew firstly in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, the epicenter of demonstrations in the last four days, then extended it to all cities. Demonstrators stayed on the streets in defiance of security forces, some mounting armored cars, cheering and waving flags.

Medical sources said 870 protesters had been wounded on a day that saw security forces using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds n running battles. Some were in a serious condition with bullet wounds.

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

But don’t worry. It can’t happen here.

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.

"According to what some provinces witnessed in terms of riots, lawlessness, looting, destruction, attack and burning of public and private property including attacks on banks and hotels, President Hosni Mubarak decreed a curfew as a military ruler," state TV said…

"The armed forces started to deploy forces in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez as a first stage in implementing the decree…imposing a curfew starting from 6 p.m.," the official news agency reported.

Some 2,000-3,000 people thronged around a military vehicle near Cairo’s Tahrir square, a Reuters witness said. They climbed on it, shaking hands with the soldiers, and chanted: "The army and the people are united" and "The revolution has come."

Let’s hope it doesn’t get coopted by the Muslim Brotherhood.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Mubarak Calls Out Army Against Unrest”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    Barack Obama has now succeeded in bringing gas prices to $5.00 per gallon within 24 hours in the U.S. and possibly to $7.50 by next week. Thank you for your drilling moratorium Mr. President while Egypt and the Suez Canal are being shut down and oil shipments are stopped. You have accomplished your mission Mr. President! What a pathetic, yet smart person you have shown us! America and its “transformation” will NEVER be the same anymore!

  2. Melly says:

    “…..days of protests by people fed up with unemployment, poverty, corruption and the lack of freedom under Mubarak…”
    Sounds like the Tea Party movement….doesn’t it?
    Irony…..luv it.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Sarah Palin strikes again.

  4. canary says:

    Obama applauded the people of two countries taking to the streets and rioting against their governments
    during his state of the union speech.

    Obama was disappointed in his community organizing with churches & groups until he found his mafia muslim former imprisoned best friend who led him to meeting bomber Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, and muslim Farrakhan and marxists. Obama is a fake. He is not
    pro American.

  5. retire05 says:

    Don’t think for one minute that the Muslim Brotherhood is not neck deep in this. And if the Muslim Brotherhood takes control of the rioting and the protests, there is a possibility Egypt could wind up looking like Iran.

    Mubarak has asked his entire cabinet to step down, but the rioters are saying this is not enough. If Egypt falls to the Islamists, we will lose one of the strongest (for what that’s worth) nations in the Middle East on the war against the Islamist terrorists.

    This is a bigger deal that people think. An strong foothold by the Iranian backed Muslim Brotherhood in a nation like Egypt spells big trouble for the U.S., especially at a time when we have an administration that is so weak on foreign affairs that Obama could not even bring pressure on tiny Honduras.

    • Melly says:

      Good point. Jimmy Carter gave us the Ayatollahs in Iran, now Barack Obama is about to give us the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Ignorance at its pinnacle.

  6. canary says:

    This Reuters article is blaming anti-muslim brotherhood for the protests.

    however, AP makes it sound like it’s the muslim brotherhood responsible


    Click. They clicked off the internet. Obama would love it.

  7. xqqme says:

    Egypt and jordan protests. Both countries officially neutral to Israel.
    Israel announces natural gas/oil find recently. Any connection

  8. Mae says:

    Egypt has been bubbling under ground for some years now. Sadat was assassinated by Islamists and their influence has steadily gained hold. Mubarak is a benign dictator, with the people fairly much going about their day-to-day business. The people who are fomenting this uprising will be anything but benign. Tragic for the good Egyptians I know. Look for increased persecution of Christians and non-Islamists

  9. Gladius et Scutum says:

    The clips I see on the news show bare headed women throwing things. Hardly whahabist doctrine. I don’t think the Moslem Brotherhood could have produced this single handedly. That said, truth of the matter is that the best organized and disciplined of the militants come out on top. Use any handy, angry mob to force the czar to abdicate, sabotage (structuarly) and weaken the “coalition government”, then attack it, and mop up your former allies one by one.

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