Egypt unrest: Tense stand-off in Cairo's Tahrir square
02-Feb-2011 (8 comments)

There is a tense stand-off in the Egyptian capital's main square, after fights broke out between supporters and opponents of beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of the president's supporters had surged into Cairo's Tahrir Square, dismantling barricades set up by anti-Mubarak groups.

It followed a call by the army for protesters to return home after nine days of anti-government demonstrations led Mr Mubarak to pledge he would not stand for re-election in September.

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Esfand Aashena

Where were camel riding Monarchists or on horsebacks in 1979?!

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Thanks Rea

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Unfortunately I am not able to get Al Jazeera on radio in the USA. It would be nice to have them available. They are also opinionated but I give them more respect than BBC.



by Rea on

Al Jazeera is a good source of info.

Mubarak has to go, his days are numbered. But he is not Ben Ali. His name rings the bell in the Middle East. And beyond.

They owe him an honorable exit. As he said in his speech, "I'm not gonna die in a foreign country". And that I support entirely.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I had a long drive and listened to BBC for 2 hours covering Egypt the whole time. The BBC was totally on the side of the protesters. They were not reporting rather providing opinion. And their opinion is very much one sided.

Now I am not a Mubarak supporter.  He is a dictator and IMHO has to go. But if you want to report you don't put words in people's mouth. BBC is doing exactly what it did in Iran. They are actively promoting an anti-Mubarak revolution.

I am not sure what their goal is. Or where they get their marching orders from. But after this "reporting" they would have lost all credibility to me. The only problem is that they have already lost credibility with me so there was nothing to lose.


People are slowly coming to realize

by Rea on

"People's power" needs to be focused, needs a voice. Yet to see one.

PS. unless there is a voice, "people" turns into a mob.

Darius Kadivar

The situation is as Volatile and confused as ever ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Pro Mobarak charging on Horse back towards Anti Mobarak supporters ...

Others on Camels ... 

The Army is on the Sidelines Not interfering ... 

The BBC has a different take and say's that the Army does not interfere but when people in the crowd seek safety from the violence in the street, the Army gives them custody. 

Darius Kadivar

Strange Twist: Pro and anti Mobarak people hugging each other

by Darius Kadivar on

Just watching CNN right now Apparently according to their correspondent reporting live there has been a surprising twist to the initial confrontation: Pro and anti Mobarak people hugging each other and chanting together. The Stone stoning has stopped and people are hugging eachother. The situation is as Volatile and confused as ever ...