The military has no orders to protect the civilians in Egypt who are being beaten and shot at by Hosni Mubarak-supporters. They are simply telling protesters to go home but no such action is being carried out.
According to Yahoo! News, Mubarak supporters are on the rooftops, throwing firebombs and rocks at peaceful protesters. Many injured and peaceful protesters are being carried to mosques and other places for medical attention for serious wounds inflicted upon them today.
The military is being blamed for letting such actions take place. Street battles are very real now, though most of the violence is coming from the pro-government side. The U.S. is putting pressure on the military and saying that they need to do something about the chaos.
Many are taking shelter behind armored vehicles, despite the inactivity of the military. The military was highly revered among the people and were helping the military control the situation, but now the complete opposite is happening.
Some are now even questioning the validity of the movement because of the violence. David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain, says the reforms need to accelerate so that the regime doesn’t collapse violently.
People are rushing away and trying to get food. Some protesters believe the fights will continue for a while and need to go wait it out in safety. The police have been chased away days ago by anti-government protesters and are not there to control the situation, while the military watches people kill each other.
Hosni Mubarak’s speech proved to be pivotal for the worse; worse for both himself and his country. The violence will not dissolve soon. At least until the military is ordered to stop it, that is. And with the military with Hosni Mubarak, it’s up to him. And with Mubarak taking advice from Obama, Cameron, and others, it lies with them slightly as well. The military’s loyalty might be fading from Mubarak, but he still has the final call. His final call may be to let it play out so he can organize his administration.