NO GOING BACK TO FEAR January 30, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Uncategorized.
Reports on Al Jazeera suggest that the protesters in Cairo are standing their ground. The army will not fire on the people. Hopefully this situation will continue.
It means, as Juan Cole explains, that the government has lost authority. There are problems with law and order, and they would be expected in the absence of the police in large cities such as Cairo and Alexandria.
Al Jazeera reports:
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square are standing their ground, despite troops firing into the air in a bid to disperse them.
The show of defiance came as Egypt entered another turbulent day following a night of deadly unrest, when looters roamed the streets in the absence of police.
There were also reports of several prisons across the country being attacked and of fresh protests being staged in cities like Alexandria and Suez.
The protesters, joined by hundreds of judges, had collected again in Tahrir Square on Sunday afternoon to demand the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent, reporting from the scene, said that demonstrators confronted a fire truck, at which point army troops fired into the air in a bid to disperse them.
He said the protesters did not move back, and a tank commander then ordered the fire truck to leave. When the truck moved away from the square, the thousands of protesters erupted into applause and climbed onto the tank in celebration, hugging soldiers.
Main roads in Cairo have been blocked by military tanks and armoured personnel carriers, and large numbers of army personnel have been seen in other cities as well.
At some point there will have to arrangements to create an interim government prior to elections.