Friday, February 11, 2011

Hundreds die in Egypt

I am saddened by the latest development in Egypt. Latest news is that, hundreds of protesters have been killed and wounded in the southern city of Kharga as the nationwide revolution in the crisis-hit country enters its 16th consecutive day.

Egyptian security forces targeted the anti-government protesters with live bullets on Wednesday, killing three protesters and wounding hundreds of others, according to e-mails I received from journalist Mahmood Joubiyeh.

Cairo's Liberation Square remained flooded with demonstrators who call on embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. The independent organisation Human Rights Watch has so far put the death toll at almost 300, after visiting just nine hospitals in the country.

As Egyptians are out on the streets for the 16th straight day, newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman says the government cannot tolerate the protests for long.

Suleiman made the remark as over 50,000 protesters on Tuesday blocked newly-appointed Premier Ahmed Shafiq from entering his office in the Egyptian capital, calling for his immediate resignation and those of all the others in the cabinet.

Huge crowds on Tuesday also marched to the Interior Ministry and the Parliament building in the capital despite the government's promises of constitutional reform and an increase in wages for public sector workers.

Suleiman has also announced that the government has a plan and a timetable for a peaceful transfer of power.

Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, was also the scene of popular rallies against the regime. Many protesters are angry at the US stance toward the ongoing uprising in their country. Thousands of Egyptian workers have gone on strike in the cities of Suez and Ismailia.

How lucky Malaysians are as compared to our brothers in a few countries. There is no war here but there are people who try to incite one...


4 comments:

genetic said...

i hope malaysia will remain peaceful. the only thing is, a few leaders want to stay until they die.

ritchie blackmore said...

has wisma putra come up with any statement that all malaysians have left the country?

i believe some are still there, trying to become heroes!

gagak di rimba said...

hosni mubarak dah memerintah terlalu lama. inilah yang membuatkan rakyatnya jadi bosan.

bila rakyat bosan, mereka biasanya akan meminta pemimpin itu berundur tai malangnya dia enggan berbuat demikian.

rakyat mulai naik darah. dengan hasutan beberapa pihak yang menangguk di air keruh, mereka memberontak.

bila pemberontakan tidak dapat dikawal, kerajaan pun terpaksa gunakan tentera dan polis untuk mengawalnya.

dalam keadaan inilah adakalanya pihak keselematan terpaksa melepaskan tembakan apabila penunjuk perasaan menjadi ganas

di malaysia, kita terlalu lembut... macam sorang menteri tu... biarkan saja perkara yang boleh mencetuskan rusuhan kaum, dilakukan oleh pihak tertentu

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