'Egypt on verge of revolution'

JNN 27 Jan 2011 Cairo : An Egyptian uprising, inspired by the Tunisian revolution, is moving the North African country close to a tipping point of revolution, a political analyst says.

In an interview with Press TV, Gamal Wakim, professor of Middle East Affairs in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, said, “for the first time in almost five decades, I can see an opportunity for the regime change in Egypt.”

According to Gamal, the country has reached a tipping point of revolution, which “has been awaited for too long.” It is the spark at the Hay Stock , that have ignited the fire , which will now burn whole of the Bundle.

The rampant poverty along with bad social situations accumulated to the eruption of unrest in Egypt, which is likely to lead to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in the country, he went on to say.

Thousands of Egyptian protesters have taken to the streets since Tuesday in cities from Cairo to Alexandria, demanding ‘Mubarak should go.’

The demonstrators tore down posters of Mubarak, chanting, “Bread, liberty, dignity,” and “We will follow Tunisia.” They also set parts of a government building in the port city of Suez on Wednesday.

Amid the riots, during which at least 6 people were killed and hundreds arrested, Mubarak’s son, Gamal, seen as his likely successor, reportedly fled to Britain together with his family.

The Egyptian demonstrations used the “the day of anger” slogan, inspired by the Tunisian street protesters, which successfully resulted in the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years.

At least six people, four protesters and two policemen, have been killed in Egypt, as unprecedented protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule entered a third day.

Clashes have been reported between anti-government protesters and the police in the Egyptian capital city, Cairo, in the early hours of Thursday, Reuters reported.

Activists trying to oust the incumbent president play cat-and-mouse with the police on the streets as the unrest in Egypt continues to gain momentum.

The protests, inspired by a popular revolt in Tunisia, have seen the police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators, throwing rocks and petrol bombs at the forces.

In central Cairo on Wednesday, demonstrators burned tires and hurled stones at the police. In Suez, protesters torched a government building.

According to witnesses, the Egyptian police dragged away, beat and shoved the protesters into police vans.

Protesters have promised to hold the biggest demonstration yet on Friday, after the Muslim communal prayers.

“Egypt’s Muslims and Christians will go out to fight against corruption, unemployment, oppression and absence of freedom,” wrote an activist on a Facebook page.

The country’s Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that 500 individuals had been arrested, but according to an independent coalition of lawyers, at least 1,200 were detained.

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