Protesters fill Tahrir Square pushing for Day of Departure

Friday, December 27th, 2013 By

Egypt Protests

Thousands have flooded Tahrir Square calling for a "Day of Departure" for embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Photo: Monasosh/Flick.com/CC-BY

Thousands of people have filled Tahrir Square in Cairo pushing for a “Day of Departure” for Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, the long serving president of Egypt, has said he will not run for re-election in September of this year. His promise to leave office has only intensified the protests against his rule.

Protests begin anew in Tahrir Square after violent clashes

Tahrir Square in Cairo has been plunged into chaos over the last few days, as protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak have been met with retaliatory attacks from Mubarak supporters. After several days of violent clashes, thousands of anti-government protesters have filled the area, pushing for Mubarak to leave at once. They are demanding a “Day of Departure” or alternately “Friday of Departure,” according to NPR. President Mubarak had previously made the concession that he would not seek re-election in September, but protesters are adamant that Mubarak must leave immediately. There is a growing chorus of calls for Mubarak to leave office immediately from the international community as well.

Mubarak supporters infiltrate protest area

Tahrir Square is currently cordoned off by the Egyptian army and largely filled with anti-government protesters. However, pro-Mubarak protesters have infiltrated the area for the past few days, which has led to violent clashes. During the prolonged clashes, journalists were singled out by Mubarak supporters, according to the Christian Science Monitor. More than 100 incidents of physical assault occurred, including an incident where CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was beaten and threatened with further harm while fleeing the scene. Foreign and domestic journalists have been in harm’s way, as the Cairo offices of Al-Jazeera were stormed by pro-Mubarak “thugs.”

Mubarak’s defiant stance

From the beginning of the protests, President Mubarak has been defiant about leaving. He has been in office for nearly 30 years, but a full democratic election confirming him to office has never taken place. In a recent interview, he said that he was tired of public service but claimed that “there will be chaos” and “the Muslim Brotherhood will take over” if he leaves immediately, according to MSNBC. He has invited leaders of opposition groups to begin talks to possibly create a transitional government.

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  1. Idi Amin says:

    I figured the jig was up on Wednesday night (our time) when it became clear the army would not move against the regime. Mubarak will go – and maybe pretty soon (he may cling on until the end of his term, but we’ll see) – but the regime is maintaining itself…though we can expect some of the new forces to be co-opted by the regime, and there’s my biggest worry…cutting a deal with the MB.

    This is, long-range, suicidal for any non-Islamist Egyptian government…trouble is, corrupt Ruling Classes never see beyond the nose on their face. They’ll only want to keep their place at the trough and won’t even consider what might happen in 10 years if the MB is unleashed while at the same time no one builds non-MB political organization which can gain the allegiance of the Egyptian people.

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