2011/02/01

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Robert Fisk: Secular and devout. Rich and poor. They marched together with one goal

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
At least one million Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday
REUTERS
At least one million Egyptians took to the streets on Tuesday


It was a victory parade – without the victory. They came in their hundreds of thousands, joyful, singing, praying, a great packed mass of Egypt, suburb by suburb, village by village, waiting patiently to pass through the "people's security" checkpoints, draped in the Egyptian flag of red, white and black, its governess eagle a bright gold in the sunlight. Were there a million? Perhaps. Across the country there certainly were. It was, we all agreed, the largest political demonstration in the history of Egypt, the latest heave to rid this country of its least-loved dictator. Its only flaw was that by dusk – and who knew what the night would bring – Hosni Mubarak was still calling himself "President" of Egypt.



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protestors counter protestors

We don't need the police any more Even the Army understands...


Cairo blogger speaking on Aljazeera live stream ___ Important to Note that many of the comments and observations by Alzeera talking heads are stupid/boring/ and show their utter ignorance, lack of imagination, and insensititivty about what is happenign in Egypt the real problem for everyone at this time is getting to hear more or less directly what Egyptians have to say for themselves. And not to listen to the Buzz words




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and Robert Fisk writing from Cairo where he is in the midst of   it ~ as always!  who's the  most honest and reliable of journalists.








"The Egyptian tanks, the delirious protesters sitting atop them, the flags, the 40,000 protesters weeping and crying 
















and cheering in Freedom Square and praying around them, the Muslim Brotherhood official sitting 








amid the tank passengers. Should this be compared to the liberation of Bucharest? Climbing on to an American-made battle tank myself, I could only remember those wonderful films of the liberation of 






Paris. A few hundred metres away, Hosni Mubarak's black-uniformed security police were still firing at demonstrators near the interior ministry. It was a wild, historical victory celebration, Mubarak's own tanks freeing his capital from his own dictatorship


In the pantomime world of Mubarak himself – and of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Washington – the man who still claims to be president of Egypt swore in the most preposterous choice of vice-president in an attempt to soften the fury of the protesters – Omar Suleiman, Egypt's chief negotiator with Israel and his senior intelligence officer, a 75-year-old with years of visits to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and four heart attacks to his credit. How this 



elderly apparatchik might be expected to deal with the anger and joy of liberation of 80 million Egyptians is beyond imagination.








Anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo yesterday climb on an army tank

AP
Anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo yesterday climb on an army tank















 When I told the demonstrators on the tank around me the news of Suleiman's appointment, they burst into laughter."








Their crews, in battledress and smiling and in some cases clapping their hands, made no attempt to wipe off the graffiti that the crowds had spray-painted on their tanks. "Mubarak Out – Get Out", and 








"Your regime is over, Mubarak" have now been plastered on almost every Egyptian tank on the streets of Cairo. 




On one of the tanks circling Freedom Square was a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, 




Mohamed Beltagi. Earlier, I had walked beside a convoy of tanks near the suburb of Garden City as crowds scrambled on to the machines to hand oranges to the crews, applauding them as Egyptian patriots. 










However crazed Mubarak's choice of vice-president and his gradual appointment of a powerless new government of cronies, the streets of Cairo proved what the United States and EU leaders have simply failed to grasp. 








It is over.




______ Robert Fisk

 Death throes of a dictatorship

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