Protests in Egypt Continue
Following the deadly protests on Friday in Alexandria, Suez Canal and Cairo where thousands were injured and between 25 and 50 people were killed, and despite the appeal of President Mubarak for stability, the streets of Cairo are once again filled with protesters demanding freedom, transparency and accountability.
The message of President Mubarek seems to have fallen on deaf ears. It is the same message we have heard over and over again, one Egyptian comments. Another one states: "We don't want the cabinet to resign, we want Mubarak to resign."
The people of Egypt do not see any reforms towards democracy from a change of cabinet, not least because the President has ultimate power over a country which has been under martial law since 1981.
However, the success of the protests depends on the response of the army.
There are powerful, as yet unknown players, orchestrating the revolt. One of them may be the Muslim Brotherhood which has begun infiltrating the protests. Were the army or the police to side with them, the outcome would be tragic. For this reason America and Israel seem reluctant to back calls for democracy or put more pressure on President Mubarak to leave.
However, the people of Egypt continue to protest on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria demanding freedom and democracy and today tensions seem to have escalated further.