After a day of unprecedented mass protests led to violent chaos in the streets of Cairo and other cities throughout Egypt, Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, fled Egypt for London with his family. Over 30,000 people gathered in Cairo’s al-Tahrir Square to protest the Mubarak regime, leading to at least 600 arrests. Protesters calling themselves the “6 April opposition movement” want the Egyptian government to end its 30-year state of emergency and pass a law preventing a president from serving more than two terms.
Supporters of the “6 April opposition movement” that seeks to emulate the recent Tunisian unrest, which led to the toppling of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month, include the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the opposition al-Ghad party, the al-Wafd party and supporters of former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed El Baradei.
The Times of India reports:
CAIRO: Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s son, who is considered as his successor, has fled to Britain along with his family, a US-based Arabic website reported.
The plane with Gamal Mubarak, his wife and daughter on board left for London Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo, the website Akhbar al-Arab said.
The report came as violent unrest broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities and hundreds of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in a Tunisia-inspired day of revolt.
The protesters want Egyptian government to end its 30-year state of emergency and pass a law preventing a president from serving more than two terms, and want the Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to resign.
Video of the protests:
Police fired teargas and threw bottles and rocks at protesters who were shouting, “Down, down, Hosni Mubarak.” Mohammed Adel, spokesman for 6 April opposition movement, said that over 30,000 protesters gathered in Cairo’s al-Tahrir square to take part in the “day of anger.”
The State Department released the transcript of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks yesterday regarding the uprising in Egypt: “With respect to Egypt, which, as your question implied, like many countries in the region, has been experiencing demonstrations. We know that they’ve occurred not only in Cairo but around the country, and we’re monitoring that very closely. We support the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people, and we urge that all parties exercise restraint and refrain from violence. But our assessment is that the Egyptian Government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.”