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Mubarak fires cabinet amid popular uprising; Obama threatens sanctions



Published: Fri, January 28, 2011 @ 10:34 p.m.

CAIRO (AP)

Facing a popular uprising, Egypt's president fired his Cabinet early Saturday after protesters engulfed his country in chaos - battling police with stones and firebombs, burning down the ruling party headquarters and defying a night curfew enforced by the army.

In a nationally televised address at midnight, President Hosni Mubarak made vague promises of social reform but did not offer to step down himself. He also defended his security forces - outraging protesters calling for an end to his nearly 30-year regime.

"We want Mubarak to go and instead he is digging in further," protester Kamal Mohammad said. "He thinks it is calming down the situation but he is just angering people more."

Pouring onto the streets after Friday noon prayers, protesters ignored extreme government measures that included cutting off the Internet and mobile-phone services in Cairo and other areas, calling the army into the streets and imposing a nationwide nighttime curfew.

Egypt's crackdown on demonstrators drew harsh criticism from the Obama administration and even a threat Friday to reduce a $1.5 billion foreign aid program if Washington's most important Arab ally escalates the use of force.

Stepping up the pressure, President Barack Obama told a news conference he called Mubarak immediately after his TV address and urged the Egyptian leader to take "concrete steps" to expand rights and refrain from violence against protesters.


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1Attis(829 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The tear gas choking Egyptian protesters is made in the USA right up the road in Jamestown (PA) by CSI which prominently flies the Israeli flag to show its true allegiance. Where does that leave the USA in the eyes of the Egyptian people?

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2DJ0(72 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

... screw 'em. Stay out of their politics. We've already done more than enough to stand us in poor stead with the rest of the world. If the arab world wants to melt down, we'll all be the better for it!

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3MLC75(500 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Who cares about what the Arabs are doing to each other.Let them kill each other,that should not be our problem.

@Attis I'm glad a US company is providing a useful product.It is very apparent that you hate Israel,I'm glad CSI flies the Israeli flag,better than some Arab flag.

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4Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

To everyone who says "who cares" or "screw 'em..." EDUCATE YOURSELVES. This Mubarak has been America's biggest Arab ally since Reagan. Yes he is crooked and has rigged it to stay in power over all those years but he has been a key ally to this country in the Middle East.

That means we're in a sticky situation. His biggest opposition in Egyptian politics is a hard line Islamic group named the Muslim Brotherhood who want "Islamic Law." The young people in the streets protesting right now are doing it for Democracy which is great but should they oust Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood may seize power and make things worse for everyone, including our country.

Therefore America is in an awkward spot. We want Democracy in Egypt but we don't want the Muslim Brotherhood in power.

So again, to everyone who just sits there and says, "who cares?" Please shut up, educate yourself or walk off a bridge.

:)

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