Mubarak regime strikes back
Amidst fears of the army changing side to support the Mubarak regime and threats from agents provocateurs from the regime, anti-government protesters again flock to central Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. There are no signs the people of Egypt will be intimidated.
It was made clear that the demands of the protesters were heard and action to meet them was taken. President Mubarak had accepted to quit. Curfew was loosened, now only starting at 5 PM. Freedom of expression was restored. Even the internet and mobile networks were back on - although reports from Egypt confirm further limitations in the access to social media Facebook and Twitter.
At the same time, the numbers of pro-Mubarak protesters in the streets has swollen. There are reports of up to 4,000 of them in central Cairo alone. These protesters - seen by most as paid government agents - are largely outnumbered by the anti-government protesters, but seem better organised, more willing to use violence and of course get all the attention on Egyptian state broadcasters.
It looks like the regime has a plan of striking back. Provoking clashes could be the pretext for a violent army intervention against the mass protests. There are fears of a bloodbath.
But anti-government protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo say they have no fear. If there will be violence, it will be at the responsibility of the regime, several protesters held.
Indeed, most anti-government protesters would not get intimidated by these new tactics. People are again streaming into central Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. Few believe army privates would follow army officers' orders to shoot at the crowds.
Yesterday, millions were protesting against the Mubarak regime. So far, there are no signs that the protests will be smaller today. People seem more defiant than ever. But while there will be massive protests today, the protesters are still focus on Friday, after the prayers, as the "farewell day" for the regime. Then, they will march towards the presidential palace.
By staff writer
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