Anger boils over in Egypt

Published: January 28, 2011

A man holds a sign with a picture of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak that reads: "Dictator Mubarak, get out of Egypt" during a protest held in solidarity with the Egyptian protesters, after Friday prayers in Istanbul January 28, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ALEXANDRIA: An enraged crowd turned on the police in Egypt’s historic Mediterranean city of Alexandria as anti-regime protests came to a head after Friday prayers and left at least one demonstrator maimed.

Anger has been brewing since the demonstrations began on Tuesday shouting for veteran President Hosni Mubarak to stand down as they flooded out of a central mosque.

“We don’t want him,” they chanted, as police used rubber bullets and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters who fled into side streets, regrouping later in several parts of Egypt’s second largest city.

Infuriated demonstrators overwhelmed the police in several locations, taking over trucks and setting them on fire.

An angry crowed pushed into the police when they saw a protester whose hand was severely injured being carried away by friends.

Pro-democracy youth groups have launched a call for nationwide protests to kick off through social networking sites, which have since been cut to stop the rallies from gaining momentum. The massive turnout from the first day seemed to have spurred many to public dissent for the first time.

“This is the first time I have ever joined a demonstration,” said Abdo, one of thousands of Egyptians who poured onto the streets of Alexandria as the protests entered their fourth day.

Along the beach hundreds of angry young people marched down the corniche, shouting the protests’ signature  chant: “The people want the ouster of the regime.”

Until Tuesday, most demonstrations in Egypt had been reserved for seasoned political activists.

The streets were littered with rocks thrown by protesters in response to the firing of tear gas as onlookers cheered on the demonstrators from the windows of their seafront buildings.

The Egypt rallies are inspired by the ground-breaking “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia, which culminated in the ouster of strongman veteran Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jan 28, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Arab Uprising!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jan 28, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Wake-Up Call from Arabs. In fact this is a call and warning for all those countries which is either ruled by families/military or perceived type of democracy. Uprising is now gaining pace in all such countries whose ruling elite has two faces. Our country also falls in this category but since we have a very strong line of opportunists so here it will be more chaos and anarchy. The sooner we wake up it would be better for the whole country and its unity.Recommend

  • Omar M.
    Jan 28, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Can we please be next? Please!Recommend

  • S
    Jan 28, 2011 - 11:28PM

    About damn time!Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 29, 2011 - 1:00AM

    Pakistani and other corrupt leaders and dictators of the world should see the writing on the wall. Time is running out for them.

    People will over throw inept and corrupt leaders and dictators. It is not a matter of if, is only a matter of when.

    Saudi Arabia is next!

    Freedom, Honor and Dignity is everyone’s birth right. Recommend

  • Waleed
    Jan 29, 2011 - 4:54AM

    We need revolution in pakistan. Imran Khan to lead it.Recommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 29, 2011 - 5:31AM

    INQILAAb………..Protest shouts anti-Mubarak slogan after refuses to step down.Recommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 29, 2011 - 5:32AM

    To what extent do you think wikileaks has contributed to the protests in Tunisia and then in Egypt?Recommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 29, 2011 - 5:33AM

    Reuters Obama says told Egypt’s Mubarak to keep promises
    yahan bhi hoga wahan bhi hoga ab tou saray jahan main ho kia mera he “PANGA”Recommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 29, 2011 - 5:34AM

    @Paras Vikmani:
    yes they are RisingRecommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 29, 2011 - 5:35AM

    “EGYPT” Rage on the SrteetsRecommend

  • Jan 29, 2011 - 7:49AM

    This is further proof that the modern world demands democracy and true representative government. The people of any nation deserve to be heard by their leaders, and when a government does not listen to its people it deserves to be replaced.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Egypt today and ongoing…

    Remember the “tree of liberty”!

    Danny WelshRecommend

  • adnan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:16AM

    like Egypt now in Pakistan
    Time to shake our elite class who r ruling on us for more than 63 yrs.who have not fear of man made laws and God.
    Join us facebook/JOIN HANDS AGAINST ALL CORRUPT POLITICIANS OF PAKISTANRecommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Keep it going Egyptians. No stopping now. Pakistan will follow you soon Inshallah.Recommend

  • Henry buehler
    Jan 29, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Some ISPs in other countries are offering free access to Egyptians specifically in response to the Egyptian government’s actions. According to twitter user @ioerror, French ISP FDN is one of them:

    Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login ‘toto’ password ‘toto’) – thanks to a French ISP (FDN)#egypt #jan25Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jan 29, 2011 - 9:57PM

    The world order changes very fast.
    With a potent weapon like the Internet, the remaining authoritarian rulers will be shown the door. Let us hope that these transformations are bloodless and the new regime is very democratic, respects human rights, brings peace, development and prosperity to the common people. Recommend

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