Mesir: Ratusan Ribu Bertahan di Medan Tahrir

Ratusan ribu rakyat Mesir setia di Medan Tahrir

KAHERAH 5.2.2011- Ratusan ribu rakyat Mesir bersolat di Dataran Tahrir, Kaherah dan berdoa bagi menuntut supaya Presiden Mesir, Hosni Mubarak berundur dengan segera.

Perhimpunan itu menumpukan usaha ke arah meminta Hosni yang memerintah selama 30 tahun berundur dengan segera.

“Hari ini merupakan hari terakhir, hari ini adalah yang terakhir,” kata para penunjuk perasaan.

Suasana di Dataran Tahrir kelmarin dan hari ini umpama satu pesta dengan nyanyian beramai-ramai para penunjuk perasaan anti-Hosni.

Menteri Pertahanan, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi turut hadir di dataran itu manakala tentera mengawal ketenteraman.

Mohamed kelihatan berbual dengan beberapa askar di dataran tersebut.

Hosni dibenci oleh para penunjuk perasaan kerana beliau dianggap gagal membawa kemajuan di negaranya ekoran kadar pengangguran yang tinggi, menindas ahli politik pembangkang dan pentadbirannya dianggap melakukan korupsi.

Al jazeera melaporkan…

Demonstrators are still standing their ground in Cairo hours after hundreds of thousands of people gathered to call for Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to quit.

The protests entered their twelfth day on Saturday, a day after the city’s Tahrir Square, the focal point of protests in Egypt, saw demonstrators observe a “Day of Departure”.

The morning has been calm so far except for a standoff between two separate groups chanting slogans. However, the military soon moved in and there are more soldiers on the ground now.

One of Al Jazeera’s correspondents in Cairo said there are about 10,000 people in Tahrir Square and queues of people trying to get in.

“There is very tight security today [Saturday] because there have been all sorts of unconfirmed rumours of bombs being planted in different areas, which has caused a bit of panic,” she said.

“The security committee said overnight they were some pro-Mubarak supporters who came and hurled some stones but nothing like the violence of a few days ago.”

State media reported that Mubarak met ministers responsible for the main economic portfolios in his new government on Saturday.

The meeting included the prime minister, finance minister, oil minister and the trade and industry minister. The central bank governor also attended.

Earlier on Friday, Egypt’s prosecutor-general had barred Rashid Mohammed Rashid, the former trade and industry minister, from leaving the country, and had frozen his bank accounts.

The same measures was also taken against Habib al-Adly, the former interior minister, and Ahmed Ezz, a businessman.

‘Death or freedom’

The demonstrations, which commenced after Friday prayers, were also held in the cities of Alexandria, Mahalla and Giza.

Protests continued into the night, in defiance of a curfew that has not been observed since it was first announced last week. The newly relaxed curfew now runs from 7pm to 6am local time.

One protester in Cairo told Al Jazeera that demonstrations will continue until Mubarak steps down.

“It’s either death, or freedom,” he said.

Ahmed Shafiq, Egypt’s new prime minister, however, said on Friday that Mubarak would not be handing over powers to Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, before the September elections. In statements carried by the official MENA news agency, Shafiq “ruled out” an early exit for Mubarak.

“We need President Mubarak to stay for legislative reasons,” he said.

One of our correspondents said some people outside Tahrir Square are beginning to become angry because they are not going to work, they don’t have money and shops are running out of food.

“The whole country is at a standstill, but the problem is no one can come up with a solution,” she said.

“Who is going to represent them? Who is going to lead negotiations with the government? Whoever you speak to has a different idea of what is to come because the demonstrators are a very diverse group.”

Speaking on Friday in Washington, Barack Obama, the US president, said it was “clear that there must be a transition process that begins now … and leads to free and fair elections”.

Obama said that a “successful and orderly transition must be meaningful and … must address the legitimate grievances of those who seek a better future”.

He said that in this “time of tumult and transformation”, the US would remain a “strong friend and partner” to the Egyptian people.

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