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Mubarak Refuses to Resign, Suleiman Tells Youth To Go Home, Crowd in Tahrir Is Upset

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egyptian anti-government demonstrators wave their shoes as they show their anger during a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who failed to announce his immediate resignation. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people on state TV that he will remain in Egypt until his death and will not step down until there are free elections in September. He announced that he had transfered some powers to the Vice President, and will amend the consititution in preparation for a repeal of the hated emergency law that allows the arrest of anyone who is in opposition to the government—but left it vague when that would take place.

Mubarak offered condolences to the families of those killed in the protests, and spoke of his experiences defending Egypt as a young man. But after it became clear he intended to remain President, his words fell on deaf ears in Tahrir Square. Before the speech was over the crowd began yelling "Leave! Leave!"  After a top general told protesters earlier in the day that "all their demands would be met" there was widespread anticipation that this would be Mubarak's resignation speech. Some protesters broke into tears of disappointment and anger when they realized it was not.

Afterwards Vice President Omar Suleiman also addressed the Egyptian public, telling the youth in Tahrir Square to "go home" and "back to work." Many of the protesters are unemployed youth. Suleiman warned them against listening to the foreign media. "Do not listen to the satellite television stations, listen only to your hearts," he said.

Protesters in Tahrir Square held up shoes in contempt, shouted for Mubarak to resign immediately, and are promising to march to the presidential palace on Friday.

So far, there has been no reponse from the White House to the speech. Earlier on Thursday, President Obama said, "We want those young people, and we want all Egyptians to know, America will do all we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in Egypt."

(courtesy of msnbc)

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RJ

There is more truth in the suggestion of the audience member who suggested that Netanyahu is ruling Egypt. The US has not suggested stopping its massive funding to Egypt, which is a gamble that Mubarak is taking because he knows that a) Israel counts on it, b) the US arms industry counts on it.

Feb. 11 2011 10:45 AM

The Egyptian protesters have every right to object to the repressive rule under which they have lived so long. But please remember that their presumed model, the founders of the United States of America, did their work of making an organization to administer governance. There is preparation needed to produce a democratic society. Just banging a spoon on the table doesn’t constitute a presentation of responsible argument from an active adversary. Do the work, take the few months left to build a structure responsive to the people’s needs.

Feb. 10 2011 06:48 PM
Gary from the Village from NYC

Muamar, where do you get the idea of Israel being in trouble? You don't see crowds in the streets of Tel Aviv demanding Democracy. They have it already, even if things don't always go the way we would like.

I support Israel. But I do feel good for the people of Egypt, and also feel bad because it is Muamar's anti-Israel feeling that largely brought them to the streets.

CNN was all over it the other day. Protesters offered the following syllogism:

We hate Israel.
Mubarak is a friend of Israel.
Mubarak has to go.

Muamar's only thought about these events is his hatred for Israel. I hope people like him come to realize that the fault is not with outside forces. The fault lies from within.

As long as there is an environment of corruption and kleptocracy in the Middle East no amount of Israel hatred will cure their problem.

Feb. 10 2011 06:25 PM
Muamar from USA

President Mobarak is stuck in between his Egyption people in his fallow Americans who's worried about Isreals future. But it look like Israel is in deep trouble- let's see what the future has for Israel, I don't think is gonna be fun.

Feb. 10 2011 05:58 PM

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