Pro-democracy demonstrators refuse to leave Tahrir Square

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 03, 1432 2011-02-06

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators are camped in Tahrir Square in Cairo, refusing to leave despite attempts by the illegitimate regime of Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian military to force them out.

Cairo,

February 6, 2011 - 1900 DST

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators are camped in Tahrir Square in Cairo, refusing to leave despite attempts by the illegitimate regime of Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian military to force them out. The military has set up road blocks around the square to prevent protesters going in and out. They also attempted to prevent food from being taken in to those camped in the Square at which point the masses organized a sit-in in the streets. The stand-off lasted several hours until the military was forced to relent and let them go in with food.

A number of opposition representatives, among them Muslim Brotherhood, participated in talks with Omar Suleiman, the newly appointed vice president but according to a spokesperson for MB, their key demands were not met. Thus, the talks were deemed to have failed.

The demonstrators have set up their own committee and their demand is clear: Mubarak must resign before there can be any talks. The Brotherhood has also called for Mubarak's resignation. Earlier, they said they would not enter into talks until Mubarak had left but late on February 5, they relented.

The Brotherhood has also called for a committee that would amend the constitution, scrap certain laws and open the political space for all parties. They have also demanded the release of all political prisoners, including those arrested during 14 days of protests.

The regime is attempting to wear the protesters out. Some businesses and banks opened on Sunday February 6 but this lasted only a few hours. The regime's hope is that if it hangs in there, the demonstrators would eventually tire out and go home. This is a technique used by the regime in the past as well. This time, however, the people seem determined not to fall for such tricks.

One Muslim Brotherhood spokesman predicted that Mubarak would be forced to relinquish power within a week. Whether this will materialize or not is something the Egyptian people as well the world is watching with great anticipation.

What is beyond doubt is that the dictatorial regimes in the Middle East have been shaken to their core. The winds of change blowing in the region cannot be stopped and these tyrants will fall one by one. Not surprisingly, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia also chimed in to say the protesters were misguided and working for foreign powers.

If the Saudi mufti would only open his eyes, he would see that his own masters, the House of Saud, are agents of the west as are all the other kings, presidents-for-life, generals and colonels in the Middle East.

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