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.