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Troops fraternise with Egypt protesters

Protesters in Cairo today

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afrol News, 28 January
- In Alexandria, riot police and demonstrators have fraternised. In Cairo, President Mubarak's party headquarters and the Foreign Ministry were stormed. The army seems to give in to the people.

The situation in Egypt goes from one dramatic development to another. After government's order of a curfew and the deployment of regular army troops in Cairo, shooting at the protesters, it could look as the protest movement would be slaughtered.

But the protesters courageously are continuing their actions. Despite resistance from armed security forces, the demonstrators were able to take the ruling party's headquarters and later the Cairo Foreign Ministry.

During the attacks on these central Cairo institutions, there are several reports of soldiers fraternising with the rebellious people. Egyptian army soldiers come from the same social classes as the protesters and had probably not been informed about the political revolution before being ordered to shoot at their countrymen.

Reports from outside the Cairo Ministry of Information even indicate that the armed forces have laid down their weapons and united with the protesters. "The people and the army - we are one," sources from the location quote the army and protesters shout together.

In Alexandria, the protest movement even can report of a near complete victory. Here, riot police finally gave up stopping the protesters. Representatives of the two parties shook hands and agreed "We are all Egyptians." The battle of Alexandria has ceased. It was won by the demonstrators.

From other cities, in particular Suez, where the clashes were especially tough yesterday and today, there are few reports this evening.

President Mubarak was expected to hold a televised speech this evening, but has not yet appeared in public. There are more and more speculations in Cairo that he may be preparing to flee the country. If the protesters win the upper hand, Mr Mubarak would likely be taken to court for having given the order to shoot against the protesters.

There are still heavy fights going on in parts of Cairo, and probably also in other parts of the country - reports are scarce as both the internet and the mobile phone network have been switched off. Currently, however, it could seem that the protesters are marching towards victory and revolution, also in Egypt.

Update: Protesters are now storming the state broadcaster in Cairo, meeting little resistance.

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