Thursday, February 3, 2011

Heavy Gunfire Rings Out In Liberty Square -

Attackers bearing whips ride camels and horses, assaulting anti-regime activists

Cairo - Heavy gunfire rang out as the day broke and pro-regime forces attacked protesters who have held out for a total of 9 days to seek the immediate ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

They are bearing the wounded away through an entrance to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities – some 829 of them, including 200 within the first hour after sunrise. Four have lost their lives, according to unconfirmed radio reports from Tahrir Square, renamed Liberty Square by its nearly 1 million defenders.

Pro-regime forces astride camels and horses rode through the crowds attacking with whips. One man was pulled from his mount and beaten.

“What you are seeing is the demonstration of the real Egyptian people who are trying to take back their country, trying to take back their street,” said a business man who described himself as “pro-Egyptian.”

The military troops are largely idle, something that frustrates the anti-regime activists, who demand their protection from violent persons represented by the government to be criminals who have been released from jails and penitentiaries throughout Egypt.

The truth is, they are security police and their informers and collaborators, part of an enthsiastic apparatus that has joined the U.S. in its war on terror to hold the balance of power between oil-rich Arabian kingdoms and principalities on the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula and the State of Israel and more radical, activist fundamentalist Islamic republics that rim the region.

Knowledgeable correspondents all agree that the pro-regime forces are by and large security force members leading their allies, informers who have assisted them in the suppression of political dissent over the past 30 years since the violent military coup against President Anwar Sadat, a principal architect of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty brokered by President Jimmy Carter.

Violent reaction followed that successful negotiation when the Ayatolla Khomeini returned from exile in France and the people of Iran overthrew Shah Reza Pahlevi, who fled to Switzerland after being denied asylum on U.S. soil.

Radical students seized the U.S. Embassy at Tehran and only relinquished the hostages 15 minutes after President Ronald Reagan was sworn in on his inauguration day. Historians have confirmed that it was arranged in back negotiations between the President-elect and the new Iranian regime.

The obdurate tactics of the Egyptian anti-regime fighters are working. The President announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election, nor will his son Gamal be installed as his successor.

It's not good enough for the revolutionaries, however; they demand his immediate ouster and the free election of a new government – now.

Freedom fighters continue to tear up sidewalks and dismantle buildings, desperate for ammunition as they fight back in the crowded square from behind barricades built with corrugated roofing metal and iron fencing ripped out of the ground. They fashion Molotov cocktails with bottles, rags and gasoline from stalled vehicles, setting them ablaze on every corner.

The chief question foremost in everyone's minds is what the military forces will do when the chips are down, as they certainly appear to be this morning, what with heavy machine gun fire and automatic small arms fire reverberating throughout central Cairo.

President Mubarak has named a top Air Force General as his new Vice President. He was the top general of the Air Force before Anwar Sadat appointed him Vice President and succeeded to the top post after Mr. Sadat was gunned down by automatic weapons fire at a military parade along with most of his cabinet in 1981.

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