Military Finally Intervenes in Egypt
Molotov Cocktails and Gunfire were traded between the two protest groups all through the night. At around 11:00 A.M. in Egypt, tanks and infantry moved in between the two groups. Hundreds of soldiers with rifles moved to all of the front-lines of the groups and cleared highways from which firebombs and rocks were being launched.
The Egyptian military is finally intervening to stop the deaths (death toll is estimated at 5, with 600 injured). This has made some protesters let go of the belief that the military and its soldiers were a part of the “paid thugs” that were hired by the government or businesses affiliated with Hosni Mubarak.
All of those beliefs are still unconfirmed. The Obama Administration and David Cameron still push for Mubarak to resign quickly while establishing order in the reform; they are now backing the people of Egypt more than ever.
Anti-Mubarak protesters are hiding behind a wall they built to protect themselves. The military of Egypt is still not intervening and the police are nowhere to be found.
Government workers say their employers ordered them to go attack and others say businesses on the side of Mubarak share responsibility for the violence of today. No doubt, if even a small part of this is true, there is huge corruption among Egypt’s government (more so than lead on). The Obama Administration said that the violence must stop immediately, especially if it is at the hands of Egyptian businesses and government.
“Why don’t you protect us?” cry Peaceful Protesters to the Military in Egypt
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.
This and other pictures show the violence and the blood-covered-faces of anti-government protesters who were attacked.