KAHERAH 28 Jan. – Presiden Mesir, Hosni Mubarak mengumumkan perintah berkurung di seluruh negara ekoran berlaku tunjuk perasaan besar-besaran, semalam.
Beliau pada awalnya hanya mengisytiharkan perintah berkurung di tiga wilayah iaitu di Kaherah, Alexandria dan Suez, tetapi telah memperluaskannya ke seluruh negara.
Perintah berkurung itu berkuat kuasa dari pukul 6 petang hingga 7 pagi (waktu tempatan) sehingga notis pemberhentian diumumkan.
Pasukan tentera telah ditempatkan untuk membantu polis melaksanakan perintah itu dan mengawal keselamatan serta melindungi harta benda awam. – AFP
Egypt’s Mubarak sends in army, resists demands to quit..
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused on Saturday to bow demands that he resign, after ordering troops and tanks into cities in an attempt to quell an explosion of street protest against his 30-year rule.
Mubarak dismissed his government and called for national dialogue to avert chaos after a day of battles between police and protesters angry over poverty and autocratic rule. Medical sources said at least 24 people had been killed and over a thousand injured in clashes in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria.
The unprecedented unrest has sent shock waves through the Middle East, where other autocratic rulers may face challenges, and unsettled global financial markets on Friday. U.S. President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Mubarak and urged “concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people.”
Demonstrators at first cheered tanks and armored cars as they filed through Cairo and Suez, but the mood appeared to change. The army, deployed for the first time in four days of protests, cleared Cairo’s Tahrir square toward midnight.
Shortly after Mubarak’s speech, protesters drifted back in their hundreds, defying a curfew.
“It is not by setting fire and by attacking private and public property that we achieve the aspirations of Egypt and its sons, but they will be achieved through dialogue, awareness and effort,” said Mubarak, in his first public appearance, on state television, since unrest broke out four days ago.
Shots were heard in the evening near parliament and the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party was in flames, the blaze lighting up the night sky. Cars were set alight and police posts torched.
CAIRO, EGYPT – JANUARY 29: Army tanks line up in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of police are on the streets of the capital. Hundreds of arrests have been made in an attempt to quell demonstrations.
CAIRO, EGYPT – JANUARY 29: Protestors stand on top of army tanks in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of police are on the streets of the capital. Hundreds of arrests have been made in an attempt to quell demonstrations.
Protesters stand in front of a burnt Egyptian Army armoured vehicle in downtown Cairo January 29, 2011. President Hosni Mubarak ordered troops into Egyptian cities on Friday in an attempt to quell street fighting and growing mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule.
Protesters stand near a burning police vehicle in Cairo January 29, 2011. Police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo on Friday in a fourth day of unprecedented protests by tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to Mubarak’s three-decade rule.