Demonstrators show no signs of letting up, as calls grow more violent for the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Turkey has now joined The United States in an effort to rescue its citizens from Egypt. Turkey intends to land two planes in Cairo on Sunday; America’s rescue operation is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Protesters are showing no signs of letting up in a country that is on the edge of collapse; a country-wide curfew was largely ignored as the masses continued to light buildings and vehicles on fire; widespread vandalism and looting has been reported.
U.S Secretary of State has requested Egyptian Authorities restrain themselves from escalating force to tamp down the protest, and at the same time called on demonstrators to refrain from violence.
“These protests show that there are deep grievances in Egyptian society, and violence won’t make them go away,” said Clinton.
In the last 24 hours, President Hosni Mubarak has dismissed his cabinet, but in a televised address said he had no intention of resigning his post. Some analysts believe that it is too late for Mubarak to offer a carrot to save his government.
Mohammed ElBaradei has surfaced as the primary opposition leader to Mubarak. Elbaradei told the Al Jazeera Network, “we are prepared to engage with the regime to ensure a smooth and orderly transition, but there is no question that Mubarak will have to leave.” ElBaradei is reportedly now under house arrest.
Mubarak came to power 30 years ago, and demonstrators have vowed to keep going until he is removed from power.
According to CNN more than 30 people have been killed in Alexandria. Clashes have also reportedly resulted in deaths in and around Cairo.
Demonstrators have been heard shouting for an end to corruption and high prices, calling Mubarak a pirate that needs to go away.
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