Is tomorrow the day?

Tomorrow, Egypt may see the biggest street marches yet. No matter the ‘if it bleeds it leads’ footage, there has been remarkably little actual violence (I’m not counting looting etc). New elements have joined the action – prisoners are out on the street (most of them political radicals, which in Egypt meant Islamists) and the Muslim Brotherhood is starting to show its head over the hedge. Combined,  they are still a small minority in the country, but are likely to be overrepresented in the crowds.

The police continue to mostly stand back and the Army hasn’t allowed itself to be pulled in so far. But the looting especially is getting out of hand and the police have said they’ll be resuming regular law enforcement duties now  but won’t be trying to block the protests.

The country – for all the noise – hasn’t imploded. El Baradai is ready to step in, as is the new VP.

I think Mubarak will leave tomorrow.

5 responses to “Is tomorrow the day?

  1. With regard to violence, I was troubled by reports about authorities using live fire against protesters in Alexandria and Cairo.

    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/01/29/egypt-end-use-live-fire-peaceful-protests

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  2. I understand that the police formally announced yesterday that there would be no more actions against protesters. Stuff did happen of course – I’d be worried if police action got worse. I understand up to a hundred are dead and I hope I don’t sound cavalier saying this, but when hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million, are in the streets in multiple cities for over a week – a hundred dead is frankly a miracle. I just heard that we and UK and Germany are trying to get either king of Jordan or of Saudi Arabia to tell Mubarak it’s time to go, but of course they’re afraid that it would encourage protests in their own countries. It’s really quite amazing what’s happening.

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  3. I don’t worry about “lootings” most of the times many of these people are paid agents by the people opposing the demonstrations.

    I don’t understand this rhetoric of Muslim Brotherhood taking over the Egypt. So what if MB gets elected, if thats what the people of Egypt want and think that they will be able to solve their problems. MB is not a threat to U.S. and I don’t understand why so many people in the Media are freaking out.

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    • The people in the media like to freak out. They are increasingly ignorant of the things they report on. Yesterday I heard a highly paid cablehead saying Zawahirii ‘is one of those Muslim Brotherhood guys, right?’. It was explained to him by his guest that ML and AQ are not allies, they are enemies. The cable guy was confused. Of course.

      Most the time when I hear especially cable news people talk of the Muslim Brotherhood, I actually think they’re just showing off their little bit of knowledge, saying “See, I know to connect MB with Egypt!!”

      Watching this from here, having no experience of hte Middle East, my impression of what’s happening is that it resembles the late 80’s, early 90’s – when Poland had its ‘velvet revolution’ and it led to the end of the Soviet Union, as country after country broke away, capped by the crowds swarming over the Berlin Wall. That’s what it looks like to me.

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