Intifada in Egypt as U.S. Looks On

Egyptian government oppresses on

Twenty Egyptian Brotherhood activists arrested as unrest rages on; Communications down as Egypt braces for protests as though human beings demonstrating were a dangerous and evil action in itself

Egyptians renew protests after curfew

President Hosni Mubarak has ordered a nighttime curfew across the entire country, and the military has entered Cairo, Suez and Alexandria, but protesters continued to express their anger with the government by torching security vehicles and the headquarters of the ruling party.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’sEgyptian coverage of the awakening embarrasses U.S. cable news channels.

See breaking news from Al Jazeera English: Live Stream.

And from Al Arabiya News Channel as well, if you can connect.

Note that the government of Egypt is attempting to black out all communications as it kills, beats and jails Egyptians demonstrating and demanding liberty, and an end to the brutal dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.

Reaction from the U.S. State Dept has been one of vague platitudes as the U.S. continues its full aid package and all diplomatic and military relations with the Egyptian dictatorship and others in the region.

The White House has been virtually silent on the oppression, withholding overt support for the protesters, and issuing only the following statement on Tuesday, January 25, 2011:

Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt

As we monitor the situation in Egypt, we urge all parties to refrain from using violence, and expect the Egyptian authorities to respond to any protests peacefully.  We support the universal rights of the Egyptian people, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.  The Egyptian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and pursue political, economic and social reforms that can improve their lives and help Egypt prosper.  The United States is committed to working with Egypt and the Egyptian people to advance these goals.

More broadly, what is happening in the region reminds us that, as the President said in Cairo, we have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things:  the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and free of corruption; and the freedom to live as you choose – these are human rights and we support them everywhere.


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