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In the News: Egypt Protests

Staff WriterTensions rose last Wednesday in Cairo as President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down from power. Mumbarak agreed to concede from this year’s election in September but will continue to remain in office until then. President Obama advised Mubarak submission last Tuesday and U.S. officials insist that the time for the regime change in Egypt is now.

Violence began on Wednesday when thousands of pro-Mumbarack supporters charged Tahrir Square where 10,000 anti-government protestors were located.

Last Sunday the military announced that they would do very little to control the riots and this was received as a golden sign of neutrality. The anti-government protestors have since accused the military of allowing pro-government demonstrators into the square.

Allegations have surfaced from the anti-government demonstrators that the Egyptian government hired police to incite riots; Egyptian police have denied these allegations.

What was a week-long peaceful demonstration has turned into a violent battle in the streets of Cairo.

Protestors are donned with knives and other weapons throwing Molotov cocktails, running to the rooftops of buildings near the Square to throw rocks and concrete at the opposing supporters below.

“It is a shame that it had to come to [violence],” said Dane Crunk, ’12.

Some protestors ran to a construction site near the Square to grab building supplies to use as weapons. The construction site turned into a weapon depot.

There were reports of protestors launching bricks from rooftops to hit protestors below.

Protestors were using satellite dishes and corrugated iron as shields.

“[This action] is barbaric,” said Cara Brown, ’12.

At one point Wednesday afternoon, a group of pro-government protestors stole horses and charged the opposing side bearing whips.

Over 700 people have been injured and eight deaths have been reported.

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