Egyptian President MubarakASSIST News Service (ANS)  By Dan Wooding – Founder of ASSIST

Saturday, January 29, 2011

CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) — The BBC is reporting that leaders from the US, UK, France and Germany have urged Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak to avoid violence and enact reforms as protests continue.

In a story that appears on the BBC website, Jeremy Bowen writes, “In Cairo, thousands of demonstrators have ignored a curfew. The army is standing by and not intervening.

“Mr. Mubarak has appointed his first ever vice-president and a new prime minister as he struggles to regain control after five days of street demonstrations.

“At least 74 people have been killed since Tuesday, and looting is ongoing.

“US President Barack Obama met national security officials on Saturday to discuss the situation in Egypt.”

Bowen went on to say that afterwards, the White House said it would continue to focus on “calling for restraint, supporting universal rights and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform.”

There was a similar call from the leaders of Britain, Germany and France.

“We call on President Mubarak to avoid at all costs the use of violence against unarmed civilians, and on the demonstrators to exercise their rights peacefully,” said Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy in a joint statement.

Bowen said, “Despite a nominal curfew, Cairo’s central Tahrir (Liberation) Square has remained filled with protesters into the night. Troops and armored vehicles have been deployed but have not taken any action.
“But clashes between the protesters and the riot police have left at least 74 people dead since rallies began on Tuesday. About 2,000 people have been injured.

“Earlier, President Mubarak named intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as the first ever vice-president in his 30-year rule.” Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq was appointed prime minister.

“Our people say to Mubarak: ‘Mubarak, get out, get out and get away! We want to change you. We don’t want new ministers. We want a new president,” one demonstrator told the BBC.

In many neighborhoods, residents have formed committees to protect their properties from looting.

“The US has issued warnings to its nationals to cancel non-essential travel to Egypt. A number of European countries have also advised against visiting the country, added Bowen.

“Cairo stock exchange will be closed on Sunday – a full trading day in the Middle East – because of the turmoil in the city. Mobile phone services were restored in Cairo on Saturday, but the Internet remains down.
“The unrest in Egypt follows an uprising in Tunisia two weeks ago which toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power.

“The Tunisian upheaval began with anger over rising food prices, high unemployment and anger at official corruption – problems which have also left many people in Egypt feeling frustrated and resentful of their leadership.”

Meanwhile, an Egyptian Coptic Christian journalist, Assad Elepty, said in a message sent to the ASSIST News Service, “The Egyptian people have remained steadfast in their demands for Mubarak to step down. Having broken the fear barrier, they courageously stood up to Mubarak’s glorified riot squad (security force) and his much hated secret Police force (plain clothes secret police) for five days running.

“Their resolve to take on Mubarak and his boys has come at a very heavy price.”

With the death toll continuing to rise, he said, “This week’s events will go down in History as ‘the revolution of the liberation in Egypt’”.

“Mubarak’s foolhardy arrogance and lust for power was met with the wrath of the Egyptian people,” Elepty continued. “As predicted his security force failed to quell the uprising and keep him in power. Exactly like Tunisia the Egyptian Army would NOT turn on their countrymen. Mubarak’s police and security force have been defeated by the brave Egyptian People.

“Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman was sworn in as Vice president of Egypt by Mubarak himself. He is the first Vice President in 30 Years, and signals Mubarak has lost the support of the military.

“Notwithstanding the latter, Mubarak is as stubborn as a mule and refuses to relinquish power. The longer he clutches on to power, the longer the protests will continue.

“I am sad to report some people have resorted to looting. Countries around the world have advised their citizens to avoid Egypt. The foreign Ministry has now been set on fire, police cars torched and at least two police stations destroyed.”

He then said that the events in both Egypt and Tunisia should serve as warning to what he called “arrogant and pompous leaders” all over the world.

“Ignore the people, and you will face their wrath. This applies especially to the Arab states and also to Iran,” he said.

“There are now signs the bravery of the Egyptians might even be replicated in Iran and rid the world of one of its most dangerous leaders, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“The Iranian people are desperate to correct their mistake of 1979. The 32 year experiment of Islamizing Iran has been a total failure and the ridicule of the world, “as a draconian and barbaric state”.

“It is estimated over 100,000 people have been summarily executed in this once holy land since the 1979 revolution. The number of people officially announced to have been executed in Iran between the revolution of February 1979 and June 30, 1982 was well over 4,400.

“It is anticipated the Egyptian people will never make the same mistake and allow the country to fall in the hands of radical Islamists. I trust the Egyptian people will not allow extremists in their midst to retard Egypt to the dark ages.

“Egypt is one of the oldest if not the oldest civilizations in the world — 7,000 years old — and their legacy lives till today and the Copts are their descendants.

“We all pray the Egyptian people seize the opportunity to transform Egypt to its former glory and become a role model and the envy of all the Arab states to follow suit.

“Like Iran, Syria, is another dark horse of the Middle East, and will undoubtedly attempt to covertly influence the outcome as it did with Lebanon. It is noteworthy to mention, the influence of Hezbollah has denied Lebanon democracy and peace, just as Hamas has done in Palestine.

“We all hope the world community will support Egypt transform into a secular free and democratic society inclusive of all Egyptians irrespective of creed.”

“I am disappointed that no mention of the Coptic minority has been mentioned in the formation of any new parliament and I encourage every decent civilized leader to support and encourage the same.

He concluded by saying, “The question is no longer, ‘Will the uprisings and disgust of the people occur in another Arab State?, but rather ‘Which Arab state will be next.’

“The Egyptian people have overcome and defeated the most powerful security force of any Arab state, and this is a reassurance to other oppressed people living in Arab States and Iran.

“Likely contenders for the next revolution include Algeria, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and Iran. It looks like 2011 will be the ‘Year of Revolutions!”

 


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