Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The Government is Making Unrest in Egypt and Should Be Deposed

Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstrationless than a minute ago via Mobile Web

Now we're at the terrible part of the protests in Egypt, when the government brings out the thugs, and some actual chaos does occur. (And not just Anderson Cooper getting beat in the head.) There's BBC live feed here. The country so far has been really remarkably peaceful, for a place engulfed in mass demonstrations! But now? Our guy in Egypt has now left the country after, he wrote to us, being shot by a rubber bullet. We also talked yesterday with a student who left the country on the 29th—he has written this account of being in Cairo, and, to be honest, it was not an account to which I was entirely sympathetic at first! It's very easy to feel "unsafe" in a land where you don't know anyone and don't speak the language. To be fair to him, his concerns about safety for people without a network there, it sounds like today, been proven largely right. Now that Mubarak and his allies have decided to escalate the situation by use of violence, we'll see a strengthening of the protest movement but also a lot of unnecessary casualties. Which is remarkable, and remarkably stupid: don't you think Mubarak sees how this ends?

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barnhouse (#1,326)

Nasser put down an uprising just like this one in 1954. He was craftier I guess, and had seized power rather than just inheriting it; he was an altogether more powerful figure. But there is a precedent, unfortunately.

Dave Bry (#422)

Do you mean with Europe controlled by a Marxist Muslim Caliphate?

(Sigh. I want to go back to bed already.)

jrb (#3,020)

Yet he was only punched in the head because the rest of his body was shielded by the children he was carrying to medical attention.

deepomega (#1,720)

I don't know why I was so optimistic that this might end without bloodshed, but I guess I learned a lesson.

deepomega (#1,720)

(Also hot damn! Look at all those slugs!)

garge (#736)

I know, my god!

Ingrid Cruz (#3,771)

I was too. Very sad. Who knows how it will end.

jfruh (#713)

I am really curious about why these thugs/paramilitaries have only come out now, after Mubarak has announced that he isn't running for re-election, rather than early in the game when they might have put a damper on the mass protests in their infancy. Apparently the army has also told the demonstrators, after a week of letting them do their thing, that it's time to go home. I wonder if the Egyptian political elite (that's a hand-waving thing on my part, I have no idea who that would be — Mubarak's party? The military leadership?) decided that the way out of this was to force out Mubarak and prepare a 7-month transition that would give them time to promote a candidate acceptable to them who could win a reasonably free election, and now that that's "decided," they want an end to the chaos.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I just read that Mubarak forces are gathering guys up who work in state factories and putting them on buses and *paying* them to go raise hell. Trying to pretend like they're spontaneous pro-Mubarak guys, but everyone on the ground knows the truth.

Yeah, basically Egypt has no indigenous loyalists, unlike Thailand or Iran, who can be called up at a moment's notice. So it takes a few days of stereotypical Middle-Eastern beaureaucracy to bring them out.

BadUncle (#153)

We're allowing our national treasure in harm's way?

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Nicolas Cage was not present.

garge (#736)

I know, we have so few truly pretty natural resources, I am gravely worried. Couldn't we just send The Doctors?

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Well that's what Cooper gets for joining the Muslim Brotherhood. Beck warned him afterall.

Anyone see that camels were brought out in the ruckus? Yes, fucking camels.

Anderson Cooper: A man who counts how many times he is hit in the head.

It's not a competition, Coop.

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