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Let Freedom Ring From Cairo!: Hosni Mubarak Resigns

Is it any surprise that the Islamophobes are the most against this uprising.

Hopefully now the Egyptians can reconstruct the system to be a free and Democratic nation.

Hosni Mubarak resigns as president

(AlJazeera English)

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces.

Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the armed forces.

Suleiman’s short statement was received with a roar of approval and by celebratory chanting and flag-waving from a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as well by pro-democracy campaigners who attended protests across the country on Friday.

The crowd in Tahrir chanted “We have brought down the regime”,  while many were seen crying, cheering and embracing one another.

Mohamed ElBaradei, an opposition leader, hailed the moment as being the “greatest day of my life”, in comments to the Associated Press news agency.

“The country has been liberated after decades of repression,” he said.

“Tonight, after all of these weeks of frustration, of violence, of intimidation … today the people of Egypt undoubtedly [feel they] have been heard, not only by the president, but by people all around the world,” our correspondent at Tahrir Square reported, following the announcement.

“The sense of euphoria is simply indescribable,” our correspondent at Mubarak’s Heliopolis presidential palace, where at least ten thousand pro-democracy activists had gathered, said.

“I have waited, I have worked all my adult life to see the power of the people come to the fore and show itself. I am speechless.” Dina Magdi, a pro-democracy campaigner in Tahrir Square told Al Jazeera.

“The moment is not only about Mubarak stepping down, it is also about people’s power to bring about the change that no-one … thought possible.”

In Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, our correspondent described an “explosion of emotion”. He said that hundreds of thousands were celebrating in the streets.

Pro-democracy activists in the Egyptian capital and elsewhere had earlier marched on presidential palaces, state television buildings and other government installations on Friday, the 18th consecutive day of protests.

Anger at state television

At the state television building earlier in the day, thousands had blocked people from entering or leaving, accusing the broadcaster of supporting the current government and of not truthfully reporting on the protests.

“The military has stood aside and people are flooding through [a gap where barbed wire has been moved aside],” Al Jazeera’s correspondent at the state television building reported.

He said that “a lot of anger [was] generated” after Mubarak’s speech last night, where he repeated his vow to complete his term as president.

‘Gaining momentum’

Outside the palace in Heliopolis, where at least ten thousand protesters had gathered in Cairo, another Al Jazeera correspondent reported that there was a strong military presence, but that there was “no indication that the military want[ed] to crack down on protesters”.

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She said that army officers had engaged in dialogue with protesters, and that remarks had been largely “friendly”.

Tanks and military personnel had been deployed to bolster barricades around the palace.

Our correspondent said the crowd in Heliopolis was “gaining momentum by the moment”, and that the crowd had gone into a frenzy when two helicopters were seen in the air around the palace grounds.

“By all accounts this is a highly civilised gathering. people are separated from the palace by merely a barbed wire … but nobody has even attempted to cross that wire,” she said.

As crowds grew outside the palace, Mubarak left Cairo on Friday for the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh, according to sources who spoke to Al Jazeera.

In Tahrir Square, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered, chanting slogans against Mubarak and calling for the military to join them in their demands.

Our correspondent at the square said the “masses” of pro-democracy campaigners there appeared to have “clear resolution” and “bigger resolve” to achieve their goals than ever before.

However, he also said that protesters were “confused by mixed messages” coming from the army, which has at times told them that their demands will be met, yet in communiques and other statements supported Mubarak’s staying in power until at least September.

Army statement

In a statement read out on state television at midday on Friday, the military announced that it would lift a 30-year-oldemergency law but only “as soon as the current circumstances end”.

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Thousands are laying siege to state television’s office

The military said it would also guarantee changes to the constitution as well as a free and fair election, and it called for normal business activity to resume.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tahrir Square said people there were hugely disappointed with that army statement, and had vowed to take the protests to “a last and final stage”.

“They’re frustrated, they’re angry, and they say protests need to go beyond Liberation [Tahrir] Square, to the doorstep of political institutions,” she said.

Protest organisers have called for 20 million people to come out on “Farewell Friday” in a final attempt to force Mubarak to step down.

Alexandria protests

Hossam El Hamalawy, a pro-democracy organiser and member of the Socialist Studies Centre, said protesters were heading towards the presidential palace from multiple directions, calling on the army to side with them and remove Mubarak.

“People are extremely angry after yesterday’s speech,” he told Al Jazeera. “Anything can happen at the moment. There is self-restraint all over but at the same time I honestly can’t tell you what the next step will be … At this time, we don’t trust them [the army commanders] at all.”

An Al Jazeera reporter overlooking Tahrir said the side streets leading into the square were filling up with crowds.

“It’s an incredible scene. From what I can judge, there are more people here today than yesterday night,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters havehered
in the port city of Alexandria [AFP]

“The military has not gone into the square except some top commanders, one asking people to go home … I don’t see any kind of tensions between the people and the army but all of this might change very soon if the army is seen as not being on the side of the people.”

Hundreds of thousands were participating in Friday prayers outside a mosque in downtown Alexandria, Egypt’s second biggest city.

Thousands of pro-democracy campaigners also gathered outside a presidential palace in Alexandria.

Egyptian television reported that large angry crowds were heading from Giza, adjacent to Cairo, towards Tahrir Square and some would march on the presidential palace.

Protests are also being held in the cities of Mansoura, Mahala, Tanta, Ismailia, and Suez, with thousands in attendance.

Violence was reported in the north Sinai town of el-Arish, where protesters attempted to storm a police station. At least one person was killed, and 20 wounded in that attack, our correspondent said.

Dismay at earlier statement

In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Mubarak said he was handing “the functions of the president” to Vice-President Omar Suleiman. But the move means he retains his title of president.

Halfway through his much-awaited speech late at night, anticipation turned into anger among protesters camped inTahrir Square who began taking off their shoes and waving them in the air.

Immediately after Mubarak’s speech, Suleiman called on the protesters to “go home” and asked Egyptians to “unite and look to the future.”

Union workers have joined the protests over the past few days, effectively crippling transportation and several industries, and dealing a sharper blow to Mubarak’s embattled regime.

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  • antiislamophobe

    As big as that event was, it is just the beginning. The demand for freedom and liberty has spread like wild fire. The revolution in Egypt has spilled into Libya and refueled the protesters in Algeria, Bahrain is up in arms, Jordan and Syria are brewing, and people in Palestine are rallying for unification of their government. These events have encouraged the folks in Wisconsin to protest their governor’s fascist policies. I am not hoping, I am expecting more of these demonstrations to come. We are experiencing a true new chapter for the history books.

    A new age is coming, and it looks good.

  • The Egyptians have spoken: “freedom”. The Egyptians are good people, kind and generous. They are pious for they believe in one God, Allah, and they know that sooner or later they will return to Him. To them life on earth is only transitional, a test. Their religion taught them that the most honorable in the sight of Allah is the most gofearing. So they strive to adhere to the principles of their religion to enjoy living in Paradise.

    The Koran taught them liberty, freedom and consultation. The Koran taught them democracy, they have to live freely in order to think and build their nation. In his last sermon, their Prophet instructed them how to live in dignity and decency.

    But the Egyptians were vanquished and persecuted by the tyrans, they had to be patient for a while just to see and watch the events happening around them. It took them 30 years to realize that they must rise to get their freedom back. The people roared claiming their right to live freely on their own land. They forced Mubarak to step down and now they are building their democratic blocks and institutions.

    Muslims and Christians are all Egyptians. They live together in harmony for thousands of years. Islam taught its adherents that the difference in faith between present Christianity and Islam is left to the judgement of Allah and not to the jarring sects.

    Egypt is the oldest civilization on earth, and the Egyptians have written history. Now Egypt is rising from darkness to light. A new liberal environment will be established, through it the Egyptian mind will spread enlightment and progress not only to Egypt, but also to the whole world.

    Those who fear persecution of christians in Egypt, and repeating the silly words: “What is the proof, what is the proof?” should have watched the revolution; the Muslims and the Christians were praying together in Tahrir square as one solid rock pleading to Allah to make their revolution succeed. No one church was destroyed or attacked during the revolution. It was really a peaceful carnage worth to be seen.

    The Egyptians are coming back again to pave the way to another age of the Renaissance.

    I am proud of being a Muslim, I am proud of being Egyptian.

  • Dawood

    Haha Garo, there was also one I saw saying “Come back, we were only joking!” The Egyptians have a great sense of humour. 😀

  • I like that Garo, it does show a lot actually 🙂

  • Garo

    Although the Egyptian Revolution was initiated by young youths of Egypt,it was facilitated and carried strongly forward by the millions of simple and common Egyptians who participated in the demonstrations in all major cities like Cairo,Alexanderia,El-Mansourah,Hilwan,Sueze,Port Saeed,etc…

    The Arabic Al-Jazeera has brought to life the following signs carried by some of the simple and common people who took part in the 18 days of none stop demonsrations in the Tahrir Square in the middle of Cairo:

    ~ One demonstrator carried a sign that read in Arabic,(the translation is mine):

    “Mubarak,Depart,My Hand Is Hurting”,apparently from carrying the sign.

    ~ Another demonstrator carried a big sign on his shoulder so that masses of people could see it and the sign read:

    “Depart,My Shoulder Is Hurting”,again from carrying the sign.

    ~ A third demonstrator carried a sign that read:

    “Depart,I Missed My Wife”,apparently he had not been home for several days.

    ~ A third demonstrator carried a sign that read:

    “Depart,I Want To Get Married.”,perhaps he was deeply in love.

    The above signs are just samples of the signs carried by some of the simple commoners who facilitated and endured the Great Egyptian Revolution that started in Tahrir Square in Cairo and spread,later on,across the whole country.

    I have always admired the sense of hummer of the great people of Egypt. I thought some readers of this thread might enjoy reading.

    ~

  • Brother

    I find it funny that bobby spinster has time to go on his safe haven faux news and promote his hatred on the racist network while being thrown softball questions but never seems to have time to engage in a civil debate with Danios of LW. It’ll be pointless because he’ll just scream and shout “TAQIYYA ADHASFNSKJFHAWJBS;OFVHS!!!!!!!! until his clogged up heart eventually stops beating.

  • mp11

    Its going to be very interesting to watch robert spencer’s coverage of similar protests in Iran (so far nothing), particularly when it comes to explaining it to his dumb readers

    Robert Spencer: “Well, ahem, these allah u akbar protests are the good kind while the other Allah u Akbar protests in Egypt are the bad kind even if the latter are inspired by the former. All clear?”

    Typical jwatch reader:”But I thought Allah U Akbar was always bad?”

    Robert Spencer:”Yes, unless its good for Israel’s security, then its OK”

    It also throws a wrench in the current bullshit narrative of a MB inspired revolution across the middle east supported by the secret Muslim president of America.

  • Garo

    Profound congratulations to the great people of Egypt for a job well done.

    Too busy to elaborate. I may come back to this thread later on,if time allows.

  • Ata

    I am thinking of the song “I’m leaving on a Jet plane…”

    with some modified lyrics of course!

  • khushboo

    I’m glad that protesters are still sticking around not trusting military rule. They want Civilians to rule! Well, good for them! We certainly don’t want another dictatorship.

  • khushboo

    BMD/Patriots, as much as I hate reading comments on JW, it can’t be ignored because too many people are influenced by them and we need to clear the facts here so Nassir is doing a pretty good job of that IMO. I don’t know what happened between you two; you guys used to get along but now you are full of personal attacks against Nassir. I don’t think this helps your cause.

  • Lo

    Praise to Egypt! Our prayers are with you <3

  • Cynic

    Um I’m pretty sure he was just elaborating on mp11’s comment regarding Spencer. A comment so significant mind you, that it became an entire article on Spencer Watch. So you should probably be having a go at him for bringing Spencer into this thread. Something tells me you won’t.

  • Mosizzle

    Read the opening line of the article:

    “Is it any surprise that the Islamophobes are the most against this uprising.”

    Talking about Islamophobes who have been most against this uprising, is not off topic, especially when one JW writer called for Tienanmen square style action on the protesters in Egypt, in fact, it is quite relevant.

  • Daniel

    Patriots/BMD, I have not seen evidence of Nassir spamming. I never could quite follow why you seem to have such a vendetta against him, but the rest of us don’t want to see these sand lot fights on this site. If you have a problem with Nassir, then tell him, not us. Let’s not take up banwidth on this pissing match.

  • Cynic, don’t be a hypocrite.

    This thread is not about Robet Spencer. NassirH is spamming.

    He tries to bring his love interest into every thread, and I for one will no longer stand for it.

  • Cynic

    I don’t get it BMD, your criticism of NassirH basically amounts to nothing more than ad hominem and Islamophobe-esque whining about PC. Seriously stop getting so butthurt…especially when it doesn’t even concern you.

  • Mosizzle

    Patriots, I was just noting that HG Wells had plenty of criticism for Islam, as he did for other religions. But you’re right, his criticism of Islam makes his praise for Islamic civilisation and its achievements even more remarkable.

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