Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian have poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square yet again, and of course into the streets of cities and towns from Alexandria to Suez, from Lower Egypt to the Nile Delta, remonstrating against the savage repression released by the army and the security forces over the past few days and demanding an end to the rule of the US-backed military junta.
Scores have been killed and over 2,000 wounded. Fierce street battles continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday in the streets surrounding Tahrir Square. An official at the main Cairo morgue confirmed to the Associated Press that the bodies of 35 victims of the crackdown had been brought there by Monday.
Tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets supplied apparently by an American company along with live rounds have been used on those participating in the protests.
Among the wounded, some had lost eyes and suffered grievous head wounds from the tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, buckshot and live rounds fired at the unarmed demonstrators. Soldiers and state police were ordered to aim for the head. Other civilians were callously beaten with truncheons, some apparently to the point of death.
This is worst bout of violence in Egypt since the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak earlier in the year. Video footage has been circulating of police apparently beating protesters, including some lying on the ground. The International Federation for Human Rights accused the policemen of using live ammunition on protesters. Some reports indicated that demonstrators were responding by hurling stones and Molotov cocktails, but having been glued to Al Jazeera English live stream for the last few days I have not seen any evidence of such retaliation or retribution.
Crowds in Tahrir Square have been growing today in answer to a call for a one million man march in the capital and across the country.
Confronted with this new widespread and popular uprising, the country’s civilian cabinet, installed by the ruling military council and headed by former Mubarak minister Essam Sharaf, offered its resignation. The resignation, which was announced on state television, was seen by some as an attempt to placate the mass protests, possibly suggested and ordered behind the scenes by the military junta; if so this is just another political manoeuvre.
The one thing that stands out to me more than anything; is that the world of capitalism and the ruling classes and indeed throughout creation, is now in conflict and being challenged by the masses and multitudes who are increasingly questing and searching for something which is completely different to what we currently have, what that exactly is, has yet to be decided, but I think that we are on the road to some monumental change, that this is a time of history in the making; what we can expect in the next few months is anyone’s guess really, but let’s hope, pray and cross your fingers that it comes peacefully?”