Omar Soliman

January 29, 2011 by staff 

Omar Soliman, By early evening, protesters had not yet responded en masse to the appointment of senior military figures intelligence chief Omar Suleiman Ahmed Shafeeq and as Vice-President and Prime Minister respectively.

Some who had heard the news expressed their dismay. One man said, “it is not regime change or system, so we went out. [Mubarak] just wants to use the army to strengthen its oppressive control of the country.”

As evening fell and the chaos continues in many parts of the capital, Shadi Noor, son of prominent opponent Ayman Nour, accused the police away for not protecting people.

“The fact that the police let him come to this where they have to wipe their hands clean of everything and let all private property for the looting that’s really their fault,” he said as he joined the protesters in Tahrir Square. “They are to blame for everything.”

Witnesses said several of those injured were treated at a mosque in Tahrir Street.

First witnesses urged the journalists of Al-Masry Al-Youm to shoot the wounded; others blocked the road to the mosque.

The demonstrators formed a human cordon, preventing their compatriots heading to the Interior Ministry, where they claimed that snipers were waiting.

The shots do not seem to create tension between the people and army, as demonstrators continued to climb on top of tanks and posing for photos with soldiers.

While some have argued that the military were responsible for the shooting, protesters around the square, about 500 meters from the department-sung, “The army and people are a part, the people and army want bring down the government. ”

During the fifth consecutive day of mass unrest on Saturday, protesters for the first time were yet to join the crowd, many with small children in tow.

“I just wanted to see what happens,” said Selma Khaled, a university student who participated with his father, brother and sister 13 years to 10 years for the first time.

“This is an empty gesture, he simply did not want to leave,” she said of the decision by President Hosni Mubarak to fire his cabinet. “I listened to what he said yesterday he said nothing. ”

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was appointed head of intelligence of the country as vice-president, in a move said to be a response to days of anti-government protests in several cities.

Omar Suleiman was sworn in Saturday, the first time Mubarak was appointed vice-president during his reign of 30 years. Ahmad Shafiq, a former chief of staff of air, has been appointed Prime Minister.

But Al-Jazeera correspondents in Egypt said that many people take to the street required a total change of the guard, as opposed to a reworking of figures in the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).

Tens of thousands of people in the capital Cairo gathered on Saturday, demanding an end to the presidency of Hosni Mubarak.

The demonstrations have continued despite a curfew extended, where state television will be in place 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm local time.

A military presence remains, and the army warned the crowd in Tahrir Square, if they defy the curfew, they would be in danger.

Al-Jazeera, Ayman Mohyeldin, reports from Cairo, said that soldiers deployed in central Cairo are not involved in the protests.

“Some of the soldiers told us that the only way for future peace in the streets of Cairo Mubarak to resign,” he said.

Similar crowds were gathering in the cities of Alexandria and Suez, the correspondents of Al-Jazeera reported.

Reports have also emerged that at least three people were killed, as protesters tried to storm the Interior Ministry in Cairo.

Fears of looting have also increased, and the army warned on Saturday the local residents to protect their property and possessions. ”

In the port city of Alexandria, residents called in the army to protect them against pillage and organizing their own defense committees. Looting also occurred in more affluent areas of Cairo.

Sherine Tadros reports Al Jazeera Suez said that looting is widespread and people were walking in the building and flying objects.

“Residents here are pleading with the military to stop watching this happens, and act to enforce some security,” she said.


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