Mayhem in Cairo

Today in an unexpected move, thousands of pro-government, pro-Mubarak people descended on Tahrir Square where thousands of anti-government, anti-Mubarak protestors have been for over a week. These pro-Mubarak protestors seem to have come to Tahrir Square looking for a fight (according to news reports from multiple sources on the ground, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper who was himself attacked by pro-Mubarak people).

The picture above (from AlJazeera) shows pro-Mubarak supporters rushing anti-government protestors. There are many reports that the pro-Mubarak protestors have been sent to Tahrir Square by the government, as they were well-organized, well-armed, and simultaneously coordinated their surges in Cairo and Alexandria. The government, of course, denies any involvement, but they (Egyptian State TV) are also calling the pro-Mubarak protestors “pro-stability” demonstrators, clearly playing toward Mubarak’s call for stability.

Egyptian State TV says that 403 are injured and one person has died. Reports from the ground, though claim that the real numbers are much high, with one medical tent in the square already saying they have seen 3 dead.

The situation now seems that it will only get worse before it gets better. Many people, both those who support and oppose Mubarak, will die, many more will be injured, unless their is intervention to protect the protestors, which the army seems unwilling to do right now (the police are already out of the question, they are clearly Mubarak supporters).

It’s hard to put into words my hopes and prayers for this situation, but suffice it to say that I pray for peace. To be sure, that may seem a naive hope and prayer, but it is all I can do.

If you’re interested in the ongoing situation in Egypt follow my twitter feed or AlJazeera English’s live feed.



2 thoughts on “Mayhem in Cairo

  1. remember, the military in Egypt IS ITSELF a political party, which means they stand to gain from letting the instability continue. In my opinion they have done well to this point, allowing protests to go on… but they stood to gain from that too. If the protesters had won the day (and they still may) then the military would have a say in setting up the new government. If, on the other hand, full scale civil war takes over, then it will be the military that brings order to what will inevitably be a power vacuum. If that happens, they will not only HAVE A SAY in a new government, but as the power that restores order, they will BECOME the new government. So standing aside and letting this play out is beneficial for them either way.
    At this point, this thing has been a revolution that is by and large without weapons (rocks and broken bottles don’t count). As pro-2nd amendment as I am, I fear what will happen when both sides lock and load, considering that those who provide weapons to the winning side will pull the strings when this thing ends (not to mention all the death/injury). Hopefully peace surfaces before that has time to happen.
    All that said, I’m for democracy (the constitutional flavor) and freedom, and am not naive enough to think it’s as tidy as many imagine. But it sure was nice for a while.

    Good post Thomas.

    1. You make very good points regarding the military. They are, as are most, opportunistic and looking after their own interests. Luckily for them, they don’t exactly need the support of the people to run things, since they have power.

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