Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Mubarak Will Step Down!


Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has just announced that he's stepping down after the next election in September. This announcement has come too little too late. Mubarak is most likely trying to buy time to regroup. According to Jack Shenker for The Guardian, the "overwhelming consensus (by the people) is that is absolutely not enough."
Meanwhile clashes have broken out in Alexandria between anti and pro Mubarek forces. It's most likely that that these are plainclothes security forces ordered by the regime to act as a counter-revolutionary force. They are armed and are shooting.
People are telling Al Jazeera that Mubarek must leave Egypt as soon as possible. They are giving him until Friday to leave the country. His son and pre-selected successor Gamel Mubarak has already been reported to have fled to London. However, Mubarak refuses to leave. "I will die on the soil of Egypt."
Yes but be careful for what you ask for buddy! You may die in Egypt but it won't be in honour and glory. You may not die by natural causes.
The people of Egypt have won an important victory but it's not over yet. The revolution in Egypt is just beginning. There are weeks, possibly months before the revolution runs its course. At the same time, the danger lies that Mubarak, backed by the U.S. will send the military to drown the revolution in blood.
Live coverage here.

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