Is the Egyptian Government Behind the Pro-Mubarak Protesters?

On Wednesday, one day after Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would not run for re-election in September, anti-government protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square abruptly turned violent as pro-Mubarak demonstrators charged the crowds, some riding camels and horses and wielding whips. The clashes have left 3 dead and 639 injured according to the latest numbers released by government officials.

But just who are the pro-Mubarak demonstrators and why has it taken them so long to emerge? The protests, after all, have been going on for 9 days. Suspicions arose almost immediately that the Mubarak government was ordering and paying people to protest on its behalf.

Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution analyst based in Qatar, told CNN that the “use of hired muscle to break up demonstrations ‘is a longtime regime strategy.’” 

“There are usually a line of thugs outside a protest who are waiting there,” he said. “They’re dressed in plain clothes, and then they’ll usually go and attack the protesters. Egyptians have seen this for quite some time, and that’s why they were able to recognize what was going on fairly quickly.” 

In fact, CNN reports that journalist and protester Reham Saeed said she saw men with police uniforms go into hotels on the way to Tahrir Square and then come out wearing civilian clothes, joining the pro-Mubarak protesters.

CNN also said that when some pro-Mubarak protesters were captured by opponents, they were terrified, and begged for their lives, screaming that the government had paid them to come out and protest.

MSNBC said that CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen reported that some men he had spoken to on Wednesday claimed that they were state oil company workers who had been ordered to join regime supporters on the streets.

Analyst Kamal Zakher told CNN the government mustered government workers and lawmakers whose seats are threatened,. “These (pro-Mubarak) protests were organized by the government and the ruling National Democratic Party” he said.

“They were ordered to go out today. They are well organized and that is suspicious — especially the use of camels and horses. These are abnormal techniques to demonstrate,” he said, referring to the estimated 50 to 60 mounted men who rode through Tahrir Square Wednesday afternoon.


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64 comments

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

thanx for article

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

As clear as the camels they rode in on.

Will L.
Past Member 5 years ago

Kiss Ka say ? En Anglais svp :) ah parle anglais en peu..escuse moi..ne pas parle france..pabeau..:0) trebeau..amis..je comprent vous..:0) Vive le Egypt Libre ! :)

Carole H.
Carole H.5 years ago

It does not take a political genius to know that Mubarak's regime was behind the supposed pro- Mubarak protesters - they come armed, organised,some on camel´s and horses, and looking for trouble to a demonstration that had, up to then, been peaceful. Violence, intimidation, fear all weapons of a corrupt and evil regime.

Ike Charles
Ike Charles5 years ago

Power belongs to the people..

Ike Charles
Ike Charles5 years ago

THIS IS INDEED A REVOLUTION SHOWING THAT GOVERNMENTS ARE MADE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT THE PEOPLE FOR GOVERNMENT. EGYPTIANS ARE MAKING HISTORY. THE TSUNAMI OF THE DEMAND FOR FREEDOM, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY WILL INFECT THE ENTIRE HUMANKIND. DICTACTORIAL REGIMES SHOULD TAKE PROACTIVE STEPS AND BEGIN SINCERE REFORMS -LEGAL, ELECTORAL AS WELL AS CONSTITUTIONAL- IN ORDER TO CONSTRUCTIVELY OPEN UP THEIR COUNTRIES TO DEMOCRATIC FREEDOMS WHICH UPHOLD AND RESPECTS THEIR PEOPLES HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL DIGNITIES. TUNISIANS AND EGYPTIANS ARE TRUELY BRAVE. THE REVOLUTIONS SHOULD SUCCEED. IT IS A LESSON THAT PEOPLE HAVE REFUSED TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF THE FRENCH AND THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONS.

Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

Another Jew against another Pharaoh and all other dictators from Cairo to the corporate boardrooms and from Wall Street to Main Street. Mubarak and his thuggish cronies must go!

Saad A.
Saad Asim5 years ago

The same people that cut the internet, assaulted protesters are the same ones that were behind the goons that were sent out to kill the protesters.

Ahlam Zaid
Ahlam Zaid5 years ago

Sure

Ahlam Zaid
Ahlam Zaid5 years ago

Allah is with you people of Egypt ... hold on

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