Protest Day 7: Calls for Change Continue as Thousands Defy President

Monday, January 31, 2011

An Egyptian Army officer sympathizing with marchers is carried during an anti-government protest in Tahrir Square January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian Army officer sympathizing with marchers is carried during an anti-government protest in Tahrir Square January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Getty Images)

Protesters in Egypt are not giving up. The unrest against the ruling regime continued into its sixth day, as tens of thousands flocked to the Cairo's Tahrir (or Liberation) Square. Among those protesters on Sunday was the diplomat, Mohamed ElBaradei, who is now representing a loosely unified opposition to President Hosni Mubarak.

What's next for the country's leadership? Steven Cook, a Middle East expert for the Council on Foreign Relations is just back from Cairo. He says the regime’s collapse will bring fundamental change to the country and the Middle East.

Guests:

Steven A. Cook

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [2]

Stephen Tyler from London

From what I know of Egyptians (and Arabs generally) they are more likely to accept repression than revolution as the lesser of two evils, and there is probably a large majority of Egyptians that would support a crackdown by the military to restore order in their country. I think the demonstrations are more an expression of a vociferous minority's frustration at the slow pace of economic reform than a general desire for regime change. Considering that the downfall of the Shah of Iran was precipitated by his acquiescence to the Carter administration's demands for reform in Iran, Mubarak is understandably reluctant to acquiesce to similar demands from the Obama administration.

Feb. 01 2011 07:32 AM
Hend from Little Ferry, NJ

My father is from Libya and has spent the past 20+ years in exile trying to bring down the Gaddafi regime. What is happening in Egypt gives Arabs across the world hope that their own countries can move forward and will soon be a part of a democratic movement.

Jan. 31 2011 08:30 AM

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