Egypt Revolts: Day Ten
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
And the massacre is still going in Tahrir. Shafiq came out today and apologized for what happened, and is still happening, in Tahrir. He said he had no idea about this and that whoever is responsible for it will be punished. Meanwhile, people were still being killed. Thugs took all food and medicine at the entrances and threw them in the Nile. Then he said he's ready for a dialogue with the opposition. Baradei and Muslim Brotherhood said that they will not have a dialogue with any government representative.
Shafiq has made a press conference after his speech and talked as if the only thing that happened was that Mubarak's supporters went to demonstrate, and those against him were already there. The only wrong thing that happened was that both protests were left to meet. He talked as if the numbers are equal, and that there were no thugs, no violence, no weapons, just two equally peaceful protests. I wonder if he really thinks anyone believes him!
As the night fell, revolutionaries were able to liberate the square again, and in just a few minutes, everything turned peaceful. Thugs were still all around Tahrir though, and they were targeting journalists. This is scary, seems like they're planning something big for tomorrow's million man march. The army set up Small in Tahrir for thugs and infiltrators with weapons. Some of the activists were caught in the process for a few hours though.
Omar Soliman came out on TV saying that on January 25th youth activists spoke about their demands and they were accepted, but unfortunately some other groups that have their own interior and exterior agendas joined and started vandalizing. He said they can't dissolve the parliament, because it is need to change the constitution. He said that the departure story is not known to the Egyptians, that Egyptians have always known how to respect the father and commander. I don't know who he thinks he's fooling!
When I sit at home and watch news all day, I lose hope in any change every night. But in Tahrir it's a totally different experience, when I'm there I KNOW that we can make it, that we will make it. People there are full of energy, full of optimism, full of hope, full of power. People there sing and chant and laugh. People there will liberate Egypt and set us free.
Christiane Amanpour of ABC News made an interview with Mubarak in his home today. Here's what he said:
“I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other.”
He also said that he's fed up, he's had enough, he wants to go. But if he resigns today there will be chaos. Thanks, you're making everyone more angry! But what can happen if he doesn’t leave tomorrow? How much longer will the revolutionaries be able to hold on?
If Mubarak won't resign for all these demonstrations then at least he should resign for what happened in Tahrir yesterday. If not because he's responsible for it, then because he let it happen, if he didn't know about it, then because he's not good enough to know what's happening in the country he's ruling! I hope tomorrow is a better day. I'm going to Tahrir again, tomorrow, no more staying home.