Egypt: What Happens Now?

The unity that was shown in Cairo at the Tharir Square on the day of the Million Man March in Cairo was awesome. The entire world was gripped by the images of Egyptians chanting 'Leave Leave' at their President of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. At Tharir Square, the Million Man March turned into a gathering of more than 2.5 million people who got together to protest against the rule of their dictator.

The situation is Egypt is fast deteriorating from the jubilant moods at the beginning of the week.

 

The unity that was shown in Cairo at the Tharir Square on the day of the Million Man March in Cairo was awesome. The entire world was gripped by the images of Egyptians chanting 'Leave Leave' at their President of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. At Tharir Square, the Million Man March turned into a gathering of more than 2.5 million people who got together to protest against the rule of their dictator.

However, the scenes of jubilation from the crowd soon turned into a horror story. With Mubarak's thugs as they're called as, standing at the opposite ends. They came on camels, with arsenal and resulted in the death of 5 people with several hundred joining the injured lists.

That wasn't all. Journalists from all over the world were beaten and their equipment was damaged for no reason other than the fact that they were reporting what they were seeing. CNN's Anderson Cooper was also one of the men that pro-Mubarak supporters turned to. Here he is in this video, explaining his ordeal.


  

Anderson Cooper of the AC360

That wasn't the real story, the real story is the fact that Al-Jazeera English; which since the events of Jan25 have started has been a front runner in keeping people updated all over the world, got some identification cards of the people involved in the riots. Startlingly, or not so, these weren't civilians, most of them carried cards of security agencies - so the name, Mubarak's thugs seem not that far off.

Al Jazeera Screen Grab shows the ID cards of accused plain clothed security (police ID) who came in earlier to create chaos

In what has been, in more than a few ways quite an inspiring (and was until 2 days ago) a peaceful revolution - the pictures coming out of it are also shocking, and sometimes just plain awe inspiring. Here are some of them

The Crying Soldier - he was crying because he was unable to protect the protesters


The Human Chain 1 - Protestors formed human chains around their neighborhoods to protect them

The Human Chain 2 - Christians forming human chains around Muslims as they pray

The Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq has ordered an inquiry in the clashes of yesterday which led to hundreds of Egyptian being injured and called it a ‘fatal error’. The acts of last night have galvanized violence across the country.

The entire free world supports the Egyptian people’s rights to democracy, and is waiting with abated breath to see what happens next.

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