Massive Protests Continue in Egypt

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

An Egyptian female demonstrator holds up a sign calling for the end of the current regime as she and others gather in Tahrir Square, in central Cairo, on January 31, 2011. (Getty)

As the political tumult in Egypt enters an eighth day, the government of authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak suffered a major blow last night when the Army announced that it would not use violence to suppress the opposition movement that has formed against him. Meanwhile, protesters are expected to engage in a massive march and general strike calling for Mubarak's ouster today.

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for our partner The New York Times, joins us from Cairo, Egypt, the scene of a massive demonstration against the President Mubarak's autocratic regime. We also speak with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland.


Nicholas Kristof and Shibley Telhami

Comments [1]

Janet Wasserman from New York, NY

I suspect that Mubarak is delaying his departure to allow food, water, money, heating oil and other daily necessities to run out in order to weaken the protesters and give himself a chance to remain in power. At some point the protesters will have nothing to sustain themselves and their families. Either the protesters give in or the army completes a revolutionary takeover as an interim governing force. Either way, Egyptians will never forgive or forget being starved into submission.

Feb. 01 2011 09:34 AM

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