Libya In Turmoil
“This is the end of the game. The whole of the regime is crumbling. It will not be long before it is over,” says Ibrahim Dabbashim, Libya’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN. He claims if Gaddafi does not leave office, the people will overthrow him themselves.
300 people have been pronounced dead. The deaths have been composed of beatings, shootings, burnings, and tortures. Groups of people have been thrown into houses and buildings and burned alive or bombed by Gaddafi’s regime.
Reports say that dungeons are also being found in Libya, with over 300 live prisoners inside. And just today, Gaddafi has been accused of personally ordering the Lockerbie bombing by his former Justice Minister.
It’s an understatement to say that Gaddafi is delusional. His regime technically is not in existence, since their constitution was considered void in the seventies. He is still in power because of his power, but he is convinced he is in charge of a “government”. The people are trying to liberate themselves from this man, and as the death toll climbs, so too does the rage of the people.
Updated U.S. Plan for Egypt’s Reform
- Caption: An anti-government protester celebrates - Yahoo! News
Protesters became increasingly happy today and began celebrating. The peace has been almost fully restored; Mubarak supporters tried to come with rocks again but they were fought off. Anti-government protesters feel strong, un-intimidated, and satisfied if all goes well with the Obama Administration’s plan for reform in Egypt.
A possible plan before was to cede power to the vice president, but protesters were very displeased with that idea. A new updated plan is to have Mubarak resign almost immediately and give government power to the military as purely transitional while a new government and system is formed.
This seems ideal to protesters, as it removes Mubarak’s corruption, oppression, and paid thugs entirely. It also gives the power to the institution who has shown the most restraint dealing with the crisis; its actions have prevented an outbreak of civil war and, as of recently, stopped violence and protected citizens (if you remember from before, they were idle when violence was at its peak because they were given no orders to stop it). People need to know that that wasn’t the military’s job, it was the police’s, and they, allegedly, became paid thugs for Mubarak. Again, that’s still unconfirmed.
- Caption: Egyptian Army soldiers secure roads - Yahoo! News
The military’s neutrality proves it to be the commonsensical institution to put transitional power in the hands of. The Egyptians generally agree and the day today has been that of celebration.
The day is known as The Day of Leaving.
"I Will Not Step Down, Otherwise There Will Be Chaos," says Hosni Mubarak
As opposed to the chaos now? President Hosni Mubarak refuses to resign early because he is worried about the state of his country. That being said, the anti-government protesters do not trust him to leave office when the end of his term comes. They say he will simply say, “Well look at the turmoil! You all need me! I’m staying.” The protesters also say that he payed thugs to start the violence of yesterday and the night before to show that statement. That notion is still unconfirmed.
Fortunately, ever since the military intervened yesterday, the protests have been mostly peaceful (notice the word mostly). The military has lined core areas with tanks and anti-government protesters have built barricades all over to ensure safety.
The biggest thing to worry about still is the worry I expressed early on in the protests: radical groups coming out of the grassroots. Even neutrality with the U.S. could mean a near-end to Israel and its people. Riots have continued and will continue consistently until they feel it’s all a success.
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.
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)
Very very recently, heavy gunfire took place in Tahrir Square. Three are confirmed dead and the Minister of Health did not answer a phone call to confirm the deaths. Molotov cocktails are being thrown often tonight across the barricade the anti-government protesters set up hours ago to protect themselves.
The military has surrounded the area with tanks, but have been given no order to intervene on the violence. Many people still suggest the violence is coming directly from Hosni Mubarak’s administration.
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.
Protesters in Egypt halt to pray among the chaos and violence that occurred the past day and a half.
"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.