Egypt: Mubarak not stepping down, Egyptians furious
The continued headline news here in San Francisco today, Tuesday 10th, 2011, is of President Mubarak of Egypt who has said he will not step down after all. (See the article where he said he would step down Egypt, breaking news: Mubarak to give in to protesters?)
Mubarak said that he would give some power to Vice President Omar Suleiman but he said he would not step down until the elections take place in September.
President Hosni Mubarak also told his people that he would not listen to “any foreign intervention or dictates regardless of their sources and regardless of their excuses and alibis.”
From an earlier elated mood, the Egyptian people who have been occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo, are now angry, says the BBC. Many even brought their children to witness what they thought would be an historic event.
A large protest had even been planned before President Mubarak said he would step down. (See that article: Egypt: Huge anti-Mubarak protest staged)
Protesters had hoped that President Mubarak would step down after their protests had brought Egypt to a near standstill for the past two weeks.
Instead, President Mubarak stated that he would not leave. He said he would “not depart this country until I am buried in it.”
Some in the crowd in Tahrir Square yelled out to Mubarak, “Leave, Leave”, and “Get Out, Get Out!” One person in the crowd even yelled, “We finally can say what we want. We hate you, we hate you!”
According to CNN, one protester said, “This guy is calling for more rage in the country. This guy doesn’t want to leave in peace.”
See here for a slideshow of violent pictures of the protests
Tahrir Square in Cairo is still full of protesters and there is fear that there may be bloodshed due to Mubarak’s statement. Some are fearing, according to CNN, that tomorrow, Friday, could be a very bloody day.
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Sources: The Washington Post, BBC, CNN News
See the CNN video on the left of more on this Egypt story
Click for a slideshow of pictures of the protests in Egypt