Is The Army Tightening Its Grip On Egypt?
The Independent / Robert Fisk
14-Feb-2011 (one comment)

Two days after millions of Egyptians won their revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the country's army – led by Mubarak's lifelong friend, General Mohamed el-Tantawi – further consolidated its power over Egypt yesterday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. As they did so, the prime minister appointed by Mubarak, ex-General Ahmed Shafiq, told Egyptians that his first priorities were "peace and security" to prevent "chaos and disorder" – the very slogan uttered so often by the despised ex-president. Plus ça change?

In their desperation to honour the 'military council's' promise of Cairo-back-to-normal, hundreds of Egyptian troops – many unarmed – appeared in Tahrir Square to urge the remaining protesters to leave the encampment they had occupied for 20 days. At first the crowd greeted them as friends, offering them food and water. Military policemen in red berets, again without weapons, emerged to control traffic. But then a young officer began lashing demonstrators with a cane – old habits die hard in young men wearing uniforms – and for a moment there was a miniature replay of the fury visited upon the state security police here on 28 January.

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by zuruz on

According to the news Mubarak and his family possess about 300 billions of dollars in cash and gold and they are way richer than Bill Gate and other billionaires. I am just wondering how much corrupt Saudi king and 6000 a$$hole princes who are running all the Saudi high offices as a family run business. They possess zillions of $$$ in their accounts around the world plus other investments in expensive lands, mansions, vacation resorts, famous islands, factories, sport leagues, clubs, discos, bars,casinos, gambling palaces, castles, publications, news media, paradises, fancy hotels, organizations and even gay bars regardless of billions regime spend yearly supporting and funding terrorists networks around the world such as Al-Qaida and Taliban and more use them as tools to destabilizing other nations and issuing fake Fatwas by Saudi regime puppets Muftis to kill other religious groups members and go to heaven for their own political and personal advantages. Murdering opposition figures, Saudi dissidents and opponents mysteriously are very common. They also promote Sunni Wahabism and Sharia laws around the globe and are trying to convert every one worldwide to Sunni Wahabi style of Islam. These blood sucker monsters use Arabian treasures OIL& GAS & MECCA profits for their personal use and millions live under poverty inside that kingdom. Saudi people never tasted any kind of democracy and freedom in their lifetime no free elections, no freedom of expressions, or freedom of religions, no freedom of press no freedom of demonstration and protest. Anyone who arested with any holy books like Bible, Torah or other religious materials other than Quran is subject to harsh punishments or even death sentence by swords. The Saudi royal family has established thousands of Mosques worldwide but they never allowed any Churches, Synagogues, Temples or other religions worship places built in Saudi Arabian soil.  Abuse of human rights in that kingdom is severely high Women have no rights at all. Slavery in 21th century is big time high in Saudi kingdom and most blacks, woman and foreigners as well as millions of 3rd class citizens are slaves and servants. They and their family usually being raped and abused daily by princes or their family and friends and no laws are there to prevent such inhumane acts and protect these majority. No condemnation of Saudi dictators and their cruel regime by United Nations, Human Rights Organizations or free world ever so far.  This leaves Arabian people with no other choice but start a revolution just like Egyptians and Tunisians against their criminal regime. Kingdom's fate will be in hands of injured, oppressed, hungry and angry Arabian population who soon be uprising and toppling their regime. Saudi regime have been bribing world leaders and officials using money, gold, diamonds and other kind of expensive gifts, so they have managed to stay in power up to now. The recent tsunami will send these Arabs& Iran dictators and other dictators around the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere to dumpster of history soon once for all just like Bin Ali, Mubarak and Saddam because no dictator should underestimate the people's power. These dictators should realize their days are numbered and no longer world powers can save them or overcome their people's power.