Mubarak Possibly Sponsored the Turn to Violence from Peaceful Protests.
Many protesters claim Hosni Mubarak and government officials hired government employees and plain-clothed officers and all affiliated with corporations working with Mubarak to start the violence from last night.
It could be his way to survive the Revolution and keep himself in power. The violence between the two groups could mean a huge loss for anti-government protesters, showing they need an administration. He is possibly manipulating the people with all of the violence to keep power.
Molotov Cocktails at Tahrir Square along with gunfire at around 11:30pm EET (according to Yahoo! News)
"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.
Anti-government protesters vowed to peaceful protests. After Mubarak’s speech last night, that ended momentarily. The Military was able to control it rather quickly. I predicted a possible temporary breech of the peace. It may be permanent.
Today, pro-government protesters rode in on horses and camels, whipping and beating anti-government protesters. Each side was picking up projectiles and launching them at each other.
The military tried to fire in the air over and over to control them but the fighting continued. Protests have escalated into street battles. Both sides are angry and violent and are still fighting.
Mubarak, hoping to show that the crisis was over, reinstated all internet service. This, however, had no effect. The people want change now and the Obama Administration agrees.
Supporters of Mubarak say that he is resigning and has given into the protests. He promises peace and reform and there is no need for the demonstrations at this point. Especially with the internet back up and running.
Anti-government protesters, however, say it was not enough and that the demonstrations will continue. They also feel the military are “paid thugs” and let the violent supporters of Mubarak in. But the military was allowing peaceful protest and agreeing with the people before. Why would they let those with whips on horse-back and camel-back in to beat protesters with it? I think it just deals with each soldier’s personal views.
Violence ensues in Cairo and all around Egypt. This is the exact path it takes to lead to an Iranian outcome, or a Russian outcome, etc. It’s heading down a bad road.