Mubarak’s actions refused and protest deaths cross 100
On the sixth day of angry revolts against Hosni Mubarak’s administration, protesters gathered in central Egypt demanding the removal of the veteran president. Till now, more than 100 people have died in these protests.
Tahrir, the epicenter of protests enclosed by tanks gave shelter to about 2000 civilians, since the beginning of the protest.
Petrol stations out of fuel, cash machines looted
On Sunday, many more people reached the square with a man waving an Egyptian flag, as it was the beginning of the working week in Cairo.
In order to protect themselves from extensive looting, groups of club-carrying vigilantes gradually left the streets, amid rising anxiety in the Arab world's most populous nation.
Some people suspected of looting were also handed over by the youths to the police. Police has been fighting with stone throwing protesters, for the past few days.
The nation is going through a very tough situation, as most of the petrol stations have run out of fuel and cash machine are either looted or not working.
Watching the situation, Egyptian banks and the stock exchange have also been closed on Sunday.
Though Mubarak tried to control the situation by appointing military intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, as his first-ever vice president and also a new premier Ahmed Shafiq, but protesters refused these actions which were too delayed.
Suleiman, 75, efforts have been in vain to intervene an inter-Palestinian settlement. Shafiq, 69, who has often been called a probable successor to Mubarak, has a respectable position among Egyptian elite and even the opposition.
Mubarak’s new political actions inadequate
22 people had died on the latest riots on the fifth day of the protest, in the town of Beni Sueif located in the south of Cairo, where protesters attempted to burn down a police station.
In an interview on Al-Jazeera television, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate and a dissident leader in his homeland called Mubarak’s new political actions inadequate and said, “I tell President Mubarak and his regime to leave Egypt as soon as possible. It will be better for Egypt and for you.”
The army took no action on Saturday, during the running battles of the protesters with the police. Protesters outpoured their anger by throwing cocktails at police, to which the police responded by live rounds of gunfire.
As Mubarak stood on his ground, influential Arab cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on him to quit, in an interview with Al-Jazeera.
He said, “Leave Mubarak. Have pity on the people and get lost before the destruction spreads in Egypt.”
Commenting on the whole situation, the U.S. president said, "reiterated our focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights; and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform within Egypt.”