HOT TOPICS ▶ Climate Change     Undoing The New Deal     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  November 23, 2011

Egyptian Protests Rage On

Egyptians say this is not a second revolution, it's a continuation of the first one
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

This is where I am able to find out what is actually developing across the world. Thank you TRNN! - Stan Estus
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


CROWD: Egypt! Egypt! Egypt!

JIHAN HAFIZ, CAIRO CORRESPONDENT, TRNN: Egypt's popular uprising completed its fourth day Tuesday. Protesters battled police in side streets as tens of thousands descended on Cairo's Tahrir Square.


HAFIZ: What you're seeing right now is one of many marches that are heading from inner downtown and toward Tahrir Square. This march just came from Talaat Harb, and they actually came from an area named Shubra, which is about 20 minutes away from here. And they're all converging on the square right now for what they plan will be a permanent sit-in here until the military council is brought down.


HAFIZ: Dubbed the Million Man March, it was the largest demonstration since Egyptians ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. The protest came one day after Prime Minister Assam Sharaf and his entire cabinet submitted their resignation to the military council. However, their resignation did little to sway the protesters, who continued to demand the removal of the military junta in all Egypt's major cities.

PROTESTER: All of these people need to be charged and leave the country. The country needs cleansing. It needs work. People are hungry! No one can earn money or find work in this country!

PROTESTER: Egyptians don't want a new revolution; they want to implement the initial one. It's not "another revolution" as they're saying ... it's not that at all. We want our demands to be met. That's all.

HAFIZ: The crowd went wild while this army general declared his support for the protesters. Since then, two more military officers have joined him.

CROWD: Speak up! Don't be afraid! The Council needs to leave!

HAFIZ: Nine months ago, people welcomed the military council after Mubarak's ouster. Now they accuse the military of trying to hold on to power instead of overseeing a transition to a civilian government.

PROTESTER: The military council is colluding with the system. This isn't about a government changing. The military council has no good intentions in preserving the Revolution.

PROTESTER: The document the military released allowing them to do whatever they want--of course, no one should be above the law, even if they are a part of the military. This is just a cover-up for all of the bad things that have been taking place. So he [Tantawi] is trying to save himself by implementing the laws that he wants.

HAFIZ: For the first time since the violence erupted Saturday, Egypt's current ruler, Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, addressed the nation in a televised broadcast. Tantawi Suggested the possibility of holding a national referendum to decide whether the military should remain in power. He also said the military council would move up presidential elections to June 2012 and insisted that parliamentary elections would be held as scheduled in six days. The response in Tahrir was unequivocal.

CROWD: Oh Tantawi, oh Tantawi! The Revolution is back to haunt you!

HAFIZ: Like Mubarak before him, Tantawi offered too little too late. People here say Tantawi has blood on his hands. Security forces have killed more than 30 in four days. Tantawi's Speech incited these young men to head to the front lines, where the battle for Tahrir rages unseen in dark side streets throughout the city. A young child struggles to breathe after being carried away from a barrage of tear gas unleashed by the police. He is one of many.

PROTESTER: The military is now involved in firing at people. They are shooting at us with canisters, live bullets, and gas

HAFIZ: The latest uprising enters its fifth day with no end in sight. Egyptians show no signs of tiring, despite the brutal repression, and they vow the popular revolt will continue until the military regime steps down. Jihan Hafiz for The Real News in Cairo, Egypt.

End of Transcript

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

Trump Boasts of Killer Arms Sales in Meeting with Saudi Dictator, Using Cartoonish Charts
15 Years of Mass Destruction in Iraq
Mercer's Cambridge Analytica 'Utterly Sleazy'
Meet The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica, Who Made Trump President
Will Congress Affirm its Constitutional Power to Stop the War in Yemen?
In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire
Protester Arrested At State House: Gov. Hogan Would Not Drink Water Contaminated by Fracking
'Samantha Em-Powers Genocide in Yemen': Students Protest US Role in Saudi War
After a Shooting at His School, a Maryland Teacher Speaks Out
European Left Divided Over Brexit
Marilyn Mosby: From Freddie Gray to GTTF
Trump and the Rise of the European Right, with Reps of UK Labour Party, De Linke, Podemos, and Syriza
Petroleum Executives Visit Trump, Increasing Offshore Oil Drilling
EPA Sued for Removing Independent Scientists from its Advisory Board
Inequality in America: A National Town Hall
Laura Flanders Show: Women's History Makes The Future
Corbyn Allies in Labour Attacked For Supporting Palestinian Struggle
Paul Jay: Threats facing Humanity, Russiagate & the Role of Independent Media
Kochs and ALEC Behind Criminalization of Dissent Bills in Five States
West's Anti-Russian Fervor Will Help Putin Win Election On Sunday
Stephen Hawking: Fighter for Progressive Politics
Corbyn Smeared as 'Russian Stooge' for Requesting Evidence on Poisoned Spy
Chief in Charge of Internal Affairs To Retire from Baltimore Police
Corbyn Calls for Evidence in Escalating Poison Row
Sanders Resolution Against War in Yemen Challenged by Mattis
Senate Expands 'Lobbyist Bill' to Deregulate Real Estate
Expressions of Afro-Asian Solidarity During the Cold War
Economic Benefits of Tax Cuts Should Have Arrived - Where Are They?
Trump's Tariff Travesty Will Not Re-Industrialize the US
Is Another World Possible? - Leo Panitch on RAI (4/4),, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting