Egyptian demonstrations continue
The cables from Wikileaks created February 2010 and released 28th January, show populus support for El Baradei 10CAIRO237
Â¶2. (C) Comment: Mohammed El Baradei’s presence on the political
scene remains more notable than his message, which echoes existing
opposition demands. Yet El Baradei’s sober and broad-ranging
criticism of President Mubarak’s regime, buttressed by his
credentials as a Nobel Prize winner and former IAEA chairman,
distinguished his message from that of largely ineffective
opposition leaders. Despite his reluctance to declare himself a
candidate, he appears, for now, to have captured the imagination of
some section of the secular elite that wants democracy but is wary
of the popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood. The significant
challenge ahead is mustering credibility on the Egyptian “street.”
The NDP has thus far stepped back from previous attempts to
demonize El, which had backfired. The real political costs to the
regime of embracing El Baradei are low, but President Mubarak is
unlikely to receive the returning “national hero,” his criticism a
personal affront. End Comment.
Mubarak was vice-president when Anwar Sadat was assassinated on October 6th 1981, during a parade celebrating the 1973 Suez crossing, fundamentalist soldiers leapt from trucks and machine-gunned Sadat killing him in his seat. Mubarak was shepherded away and the rest is now a tale of brutality, corruption which have ultimately led to the Egyptian revolution as seen in present times.
Mubarak completely inundated the voting psyche and has remained in power since. Through five American president Mubarak has seen to be the stabilizing power in the red sea region.
U.S backing both financially and militarily have sustained Mubarak through a never-ending torrent of riots the result of increased unemployment and the higher cost of living. Cronyism, nepotism and everyday shortages of food staples have led to this inevitable rush of street protest which are slowly eroding Mubarak’s stranglehold on the Egyptian people.
Numbers of protesters killed in the demonstrations vary on the source of the information.
Military have moved in to keep citizens safe, as seen in the video below, tanks are moved into position to keep protesters safe from police bullets
Elsewhere the military are protecting sites such as the Cairo Museum from attacks by factions on the ground who have a conflicting agenda to peaceful protests.
It may seem difficult for western people to understand who have basic freedoms which are taken for granted. But for want of a better metaphor, imagine being hungry everyday and having a boot on your throat, eventually the hunger gives way to rage and the frustration turns to anger.
Sporadic looting is causing people to return to their neighbourhood ahead of planned protests today. Residents are setting up road blocks checking cars as criminal gangs which have escaped from jails. Rumours also continue to spread that Hamas are crossing the Rafa crossing to cause unrest ahead of planned demonstrations.
The Egyptian government has also order news agency Al Jazerra to cease operations in Egypt.
Foreign Offices are urging only essential travel to Egypt.