Monday, January 31, 2011
Egyptions still strong after sixth day of protest
Egyptian protesters have taken to the streets for the sixth consecutive day to express their rage against President Hosni Mubarak and his government.
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Protesters have practically taken over the center of the capital Cairo despite heavy military presence.
Hundreds of judges are said to have been among the crowd during the Sunday protests.
Protesters have one demand and that is the resignation of President Mubarak. Egyptians want a regime change and have dismissed Mubarak's appointment of a new vice-president and prime minister.
Egyptian troops fired shots, warning the protesters to leave Tahrir Square.
Clashes between protesters and police have left 150 people dead and thousands of others wounded since anti-government rallies began in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria on Tuesday.
One Army vehicle has been burned down in October 6th city, outside Cairo.
Army ordered to shoot protesters
According to the Muslim Brotherhood news website, the Egyptian Army has received orders to open fire on protesters in a bid to protect the Mubarak-run regime.
Following the order, large number of Army reinforcements flooded to downtown Cairo and Tahrir Square New.
Meanwhile, F-16 fighter jets have conducted overflights over protestors in Tahrir Sqaure.
Snipers targeting protesters
Eyewitnesses said on Sunday that government-commissioned snipers have opened fire on protesters.
One protester was killed when he was shot in the head by sniper fire
ElBaradei tipped to lead talks with government
Egyptian opposition groups have called on Mohamed ElBaradei to negotiate with the government of the embattled president.
A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Essam el-Eryan, has said the opposition groups support talks with the government by ElBaradei.
The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency returned to Egypt on Thursday, just in time for the Day of Wrath protests.
He has been an outspoken critic of the Mubarak government, frequently calling on him to step down and pave the way for free elections.
Inmates escape from prisons
Latest reports indicate that thousands of inmates broke out of the Wadi Naturn correctional facility in northern Cairo. Witnesses have seen the bodies of several prisoners near the prison in Cairo.
Earlier, over 8,000 prisoners fled another prison in the east of the country.
Meanwhile, prison guards have joined the protests allowing dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members to walk out of jail.
Mubarak visits military bases
The Egyptian president has visited an army military operations center. Local media say Mubarak has met with top military commanders and troops at their headquarters.
Mubarak's newly appointed Vice President, Defense Minister and Chief of Staff have also attended the meeting. No further details have been released.
On Friday, Mubarak ordered the army out to the streets in an effort to maintain control.
Thousands of people across the world have taken to the streets to express support for the anti-government demonstrations in Egypt.
Protesters in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Germany, France and the US showed that they are fully behind the Egyptian uprising.
Similar protests were also held in Jordan, Greece and other countries around the world.