The Associated Press is reporting that the uprisings in Egypt have turned violent. Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, attacked anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn. In chaotic scenes, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses. This is the first significant violence between the two camps since the start of the uprisings two weeks ago.
In a speech yesterday, Mubarak stated that he would not seek re-election but would not be run out of his country in shame. The embattled president said he will die in Egypt. Wednesday morning, a military spokesman appeared on state TV and asked the protesters to disperse so that life in Egypt could get back to normal. The announcement could mark a major turn in the attitude of the army, which for the past two days has allowed protests to swell, reaching their largest size yet on Tuesday when a quarter million peacefully packed into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square. While protesters fell short of the million protesters they were seeking for the March of a Million campaign, there was a strong showing. An additional 100,000 joined the protests today.
Cairo is officially in chaos, and Mubarak’s refusal to step down is fueling the flames. When will the international community, including President Obama, step in and call for Mubarak’s resignation? Will it be after the streets are paved with blood?
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