Chaos in Cairo – Massive Protests Resume In Egypt
Protests entered their fifth straight day today in Egypt. There are reportedly (twitter) higher numbers of protesters in Cairo today than yesterday, and more are on the way. Internet appeared blocked for a second day to hamper protesters even after Barack Obama urged the regime to restore services. Al Arabiya reported that police station in Port Said (pop 600,000) is burning. Egyptian television reports that the country’s cabinet has formally submitted its resignation. Israeli carrier El Al was trying to arrange a special flight Saturday to take roughly 200 Israeli tourists out of the country.
Egyptian anti-government protesters clash with riot police at the port city of Suez, about 134 km (83 miles) east of Cairo, January 27, 2011. Police fired rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators in the eastern city of Suez, on a third day of protests calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-old-rule. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany (Cool Pix)
Saudi Arabia’s king told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he stands with the Egyptian government. In the statement reported by the Saudi Press Agency.
50,000 protestors gathering in Tahrir square calling for Mubarak’s resignation (twitter)
Mariam Solayman, a member of an Egyptian activist group, shouts anti-government slogans in front of a police cordon during a demonstration outside the press syndicate in central Cairo January 27, 2011. Demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981, have raged since Tuesday in several Egyptian cities, with the biggest clashes in Cairo and Suez. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (Cool Pix)
Plainclothes police arrest a protester during clashes in Cairo January 26, 2011. Thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt’s streets on Wednesday and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office, and some scuffled with police. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (Cool Pix)