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The Indian Herald

January 29, 2011

Revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship in trouble as protesters battle for regime change

As tens of thousands of Egyptians came out on the streets to protest against President Hosni Mubarak, a regime change appeared on cards just on lines of the similar people's revolt in Tunisia recently.

Even though police took to streets, the citizens' anger manifested on the highways as they braved the tear gas and water cannons to express their disgust with the dictatorship under which bureaucratic corruption flourished and civil rights were curbed.

Despite efforts to crackdown, public fury was spreading, not just in Cairo but other important cities of the nation also. Such was the situation that the the headquarters of the ruling party NDP was burnt down in Cairo.  Fearing unrest business honchos were leaving in private jets.

The Egyptian army was sent to quell the mobs but they have so far failed to check the massive protests. TV grabs showed images of burning tyres, smoke and huge crowds demonstrating against the present government.

Five persons had died while nearly 1,000 had been injured in clashes. With Tunisians having ousted their dictator and Yemen also facing a similar internal crisis, Egypt also appeared heading for the major showdown between the citizen-led revolution and the state.

The leaderless revolution got a shot in the arm with the arrival of pro-democracy Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. The Friday prayers have become the place where thousands of devotees' assembly at mosques decided to defy curfew orders.

Petrol bombs flew and the rage was visible across the country. The Egyptian government has blocked internet services and cell phone networks, as it was suspected that Social media websites like Twitter and Facebook fuelled the rage.

The situation is alarming for monarchies in Middle East, as popular sentiment is growing against the rulers. Inflation, lack of job opportunities for educated youths, an angry middle-class and curbing of rights are among the reasons for the fury on Arab street.

TIH Bureau

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