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2 Killed in Army Crackdown in Tahrir Square in Cairo [VIDEO]

2 Killed in Army Crackdown in Tahrir Square in Cairo [VIDEO]

Early Saturday morning, two people were killed and dozens injured in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after several thousand riot police, uniformed soldiers and military police officers stormed the square, the focal point of the uprising in Egypt. At 3am, soldiers backed by a line of tanks descended upon the square, firing continual barrages into the air with automatic weapons. The crackdown on peaceful protesters was the most brutal since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak on February 11th.

Here is a video of Tahrir Square the morning after the protests:

While Egypt’s military has come to be seen as assuming a caretaker role, criticism about its slow prosecution of former officials has risen. Tens of thousands had protested on Friday in Tahrir Square to demand that former members of Mubarak’s government and Mubarak himself and his family be put on trial, and that corrupt officials be ‘purged’ from the transitional government.

According to the New York Times, The military, which is currently running Egypt, denied that anyone had been killed; it referred to the protesters as ‘thugs’ and imposed a curfew from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. The Health Ministry reported that one person had been killed and 71 wounded.

Witnesses describe being beaten by clubs, fists and kicks; the military also used live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets on the protesters. An unknown number of protesters were also dragged away and thrown into trucks, and some were said to be detained and beaten by the famed Egyptian Museum.

As MSNBC  notes, the clashes were in deep contrast to the ‘warmth’ expressed by protesters to the military in the 18 days following Mubarak’s fall. On Saturday, some who have supported the protest movement seemed to be seeking to prevent the two sides from further confrontations:

Democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei, whose supporters were among those who organized the anti-Mubarak wave of protests, said in a Twitter message, “enduring confidence between the people and the army is a red line which we have to preserve for the sake of the nation. Dialogue is the only alternative.”

But he voiced demands similar to those of the Tahrir protesters and called for a “quick response to the demands of the revolution.”

The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, as well, condemned any effort to divide the people and the army, calling them “one hand.” But it noted that “there are many people’s demands that have not been met until now.”

Later on Saturday, protesters returned to the square, armed with sticks and makeshift weapons. To chants of “The people want the fall of the field marshal” and “Tantawi is Mubarak and Mubarak is Tantawi,” they vowed not to leave until the defense minister, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, resigns. As MSNBC reports, Tantawi, who was appointed by Mubarak appointee, presently leads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces; the council is made up of the military’s top generals and is now ruling Egypt.

Protesters are also demanding the creation of a new presidential council to lead Egypt, trials for those behind the killings of protesters since Jan. 25 uprising, and a faster timetable for the prosecution of “heads of the corruption starting with the ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family.” Mubarak and his family are currently under house arrest at a presidential palace in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, with their assets frozen.

 

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Image from video taken of Tahrir Square on April 9, 2011, by Danylius

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9:18AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

thanks

11:35PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

On Mon., 4APR11 the truthout.org lead article by Noam Chomsky had complimentary ones by Patrick Martin (wsws.org) & Yoichi Shimatsu (newamericamedia.org) in its comments section.

Chomsky RIGHTLY condemns the US/EU for letting the oil-fat, PRO-SHARI’A Muslim royal families (esp. Bahrain, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia) SLAUGHTER their pro-democracy movements, but then in turn “responds” by attacking the “UNRELIABLE” Gadafy in Libya.

Chomsky accurately states: “An oil-rich dictator who is a reliable client is granted virtual free rein.”

Together, these analyses show us what WE MUST expect:

*The US/EU will use their CIA/Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda assets to overthrow current “Shari’a-lite” regimes in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya & Syria & ENFORCE the installation of “reliable” hardline, PRO-SHARI’A rulers, as we’re ALREADY seeing in Rached Ghannouchi’s Tunisia (Yemen, the POOREST Muslim state, has NO oil & will be “stabilized” internally).

*PRO-SHARI’A Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & other UAE states will contribute their PETRO-BUX to pay for this “CHANGE”.

*ALL US/EU/Mideast oil cos. will reap the profits from this STABLE arrangement.

*ALL Mideast pro-democratic (a misnomer) movements have NO CHANCE!

PRO-SHARI’A = “CLITORECTOMY-ON-COMMAND”!
“This is what chump “CHANGE” looks like!” - ‘Wamsutta’

11:34PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Agree with Conrad B. As always - it's follow the money trail. Who is profiting whether it's resources or armament sales and you will see the truth of what goes on when these rebellions fail.
It's sick, it's horrible, and it's going to kill us all. This is a small planet and we can't foment wars in every corner of our globe without reaping the consequences.

9:05PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Thank you for the update. Sending the Egyptian people much loving kindness. Namaste

3:15PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Sad to hear all the protests of these brave people may have been for nought - I hope not.

1:35PM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Thank you for posting.

11:19AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

What was our Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently doing in Cairo? He promised "sustained aid" to the now ruling Field Marshal there, i.e. U.S. aid in the annual amount of $1.5 billion, primarily for military purposes! So Gates showed that "we" are backing the military. And these brutes now think they can do whatever they want, with their soldiers asking female protesters to produce "certificates of virginity" or go to jail as "prostitutes"! Is Obama's administration thus making elections impossible in Egypt? Are "we" always relying on military "solutions"? What a shame that my country is now ruining the accomplishments of the Egyptian Revolutionaries called "protesters". Thus we are letting down those who brought a moment of greater freedom also to the women among the "protesters". Our own bloody "wars for democracy", just part of the endless "war against terrorism", have already made women's rights impossible in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who will now correct these dismal situations? Not a Hillary Clinton who praises the corrupt Karzai in spite of his failure to establish any semblance of real legal equality for women. Women must wear the Burqa there intimidated by –– well yes, the Taliban. The American public is kept in the dark! With the Republicans taking over this country, even the U.S. Constitution is beginning to be ignored by a growing number of states. HELP! Didn't most of us vote for HOPE & CHANGE?

10:36AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

thanks for the update.

10:00AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Time will only tell if an average Egyptian will be better off than before. ie before getting rid of Mubarak.

8:44AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

I hope the military doesn't turn out to be as bad as Mubarak.

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