Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Februari 11, 2011

2:30pm Dari Dataran Tahrir

Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian Army soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

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Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian Army soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

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Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

AP Photo 13 minutes ago

Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Army soldiers stand on top of their tanks during Friday prayers in the opposition stronghold of Tahrir Square, in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

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Army soldiers stand on top of their tanks during Friday prayers in the opposition stronghold of Tahrir Square, in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt’s powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak’s reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators perform the Friday noon prayer during protests in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on February 11, 2011, the 18th day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak who has so far refused to quit office.

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Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators perform the Friday noon prayer during protests in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square on February 11, 2011, the 18th day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak who has so far refused to quit office.

Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators perform the Friday noon prayer during protests in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on February 11, 2011, as they reacted with fury after the military threw its weight behind President Mubarak's attempt to cling on to power despite massive nationwide protests over the past 18 days.

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Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators perform the Friday noon prayer during protests in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square on February 11, 2011, as they reacted with fury after the military threw its weight behind President Mubarak’s attempt to cling on to power despite massive nationwide protests over the past 18 days.

Opposition supporters attend Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

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Opposition supporters attend Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt’s powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak’s reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Anti-government protesters, and Egyptian Army soldiers on top of their vehicles, make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt,  Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators flood Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square early on February 11, 2011, the 18th day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak who refused to quit office in a much-awaited speech the previous night.

Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators flood Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square early on February 11, 2011, the 18th day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak who refused to quit office in a much-awaited speech the previous night.

Anti-government protesters make traditional Muslim Friday prayers at the continuing demonstration in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.

Anti-government protesters pray next to tanks during Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Enraged by President Hosni Mubarak's determination to stay in office, Egyptians rallied in protest outside his Cairo palace on Friday, dismissing army guarantees of a transition to free elections as insufficient.

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Anti-government protesters pray next to tanks during Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Enraged by President Hosni Mubarak’s determination to stay in office, Egyptians rallied in protest outside his Cairo palace on Friday, dismissing army guarantees of a transition to free elections as insufficient.

Anti-government protesters pray next to tanks during Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Anti-government protesters pray next to tanks during Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Anti-government protesters weep during Friday prayers inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Reuters Pictures 32 minutes ago

Anti-government protesters weep during Friday prayers inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt’s powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak’s reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Anti-government protesters weep during Friday prayers inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

Reuters Pictures 40 minutes ago

Anti-government protesters weep during Friday prayers inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt’s powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak’s reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

An anti-government protester weeps during Friday prayers inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. Egypt's powerful army pledged on Friday to guarantee President Hosni Mubarak's reforms in a move to defuse a popular uprising, but many angry protesters said this failed to meet their key demand that he resign immediately.

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“tentera dan rakyat adalah satu, bergandingan tangan”.

Egyptians hold ‘Farewell Friday’

Protesters’ new push to force president Mubarak to step down may test the military’s loyalties.

Pro-democracy protesters in Egypt are calling for “millions” to take to the streets across the country in what could become the largest demonstration seen in recent weeks, a day after Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, repeated his refusal to step down.

Massive crowds gathered in Tahrir (Liberation) Square ahead on Friday, chanting “the army and the people are one, hand in hand”.

In a statement read out on state television at midday, the military announced that it would lift a 30-year-old emergency law but only “as soon as the current circumstances end”.

The military said it would also guarantee changes to the constitution as well as a free and fair election, and it called for normal business activity to resume.

Many protesters, hoping for Mubarak’s resignation, had anticipated a much stronger statement. Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tahrir Square said people there were hugely disappointed and vowed to take the protests to “a last and final stage”.

“They’re frustrated, they’re angry, and they say protests need to go beyond Liberation [Tahrir] Square, to the doorstep of political institutions,” she said.

Protest organisers have called for 20 million people to come out on “Farewell Friday” in a final attempt to force Mubarak to step down.

‘Anything can happen’

Hossam El Hamalawy, a pro-democracy organiser and member of the Socialist Studies Centre, said protesters were heading towards the presidential palace from multiple directions, calling on the army to side with them and remove Mubarak.

“People are extremely angry after yesterday’s speech,” he told Al Jazeera. “Anything can happen at the moment. There is self-restrain all over but at the same time I honestly can’t tell you what the next step will be … At this time, we don’t trust them [the army commanders] at all.”

An Al Jazeera reporter overlooking Tahrir said the side streets leading into the square were filling up with crowds.

“It’s an incredible scene. From what I can judge, there are more people here today than yesterday night,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands have gathered in downtown Alexandria for Friday prayers

“The military has not gone into the square except some top commanders, one asking people to go home … I don’t see any kind of tensions between the people and the army but all of this might change very soon if the army is seen as not being on the side of the people.”

Hundreds of thousands were participating in Friday prayers outside a mosque in downtown Alexandria, Egypt’s second biggest city.

Egyptian television reported that large angry crowds were heading from Giza, adjacent to Cairo, towards Tahrir Square and some would march on the presidential palace.

Protests are also being held in the cities of Mahala, Tanta, Ismailia, and Suez.

In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Mubarak said he was handing “the functions of the president” to Vice-President Omar Suleiman. But the move means he retains his title of president.

“I have decided to stick… by my responsibility in protecting the constitution and the people’s interests until the power and responsibility are handed over to whomever the voters chose next September, in free and fair elections,” the president said.

Halfway through his much-awaited speech late at night, anticipation turned into anger among protesters camped in Tahrir Squarewho began taking off their shoes and waving them in the air.aljazeera

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Egypt’s army vows reforms amid protest

Egypt’s Higher Council of Army has issued a statement promising reforms, demanding that pro-democracy protesters return to their normal lives.

The statement, read on state TV on Friday, said it would act as the guarantor of reforms announced by the embattled President Hosni Mubarak.

The statement added that the army “will not arrest or peruse good citizens who demanded the amendments in constitution and the transformation of government.”

It also pledged to lift the emergency law that has been in place since Mubarak came to power three decades ago, only under the condition that people end their mass protests.

The army claimed that it will respect people’s demands and will hold free and fair elections. However, it failed to set a date for the vote.

The supreme council also vowed to resolve all complaints regarding recent parliamentary elections in Egypt.

This is while Mubarak has refused to step down and transferred some of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Meanwhile, Egyptian protesters are reported to be furious at the military’s effort to keep Mubarak in power.

The Human Rights Watch has slammed Egypt’s military for defending Mubarak’s “repressive regime.”

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abdoul Gheit has said that recent demonstrations against Mubarak’s regime are the consequence of fraud in the parliamentary elections.

Pressure on Mubarak to relinquish power has been intensified with millions rallying across the country on Friday to topple his despotic regime.

Millions of pro-democracy protesters are expected to march to the presidential palace in Cairo in the eighteenth day of demonstrations.


Responses

  1. Salam 1Malaysia aka
    Salam TGNA suka.

    Kalau dah jadi macam ni.
    Payah.
    Semuanya payah.

    nasik kandaq payah nak cari makang.
    Kucing Kota payah nak cari mangkuk jamban.
    great chief pulak, payah nak pelan pelan kayuh.

    Sekadaq TGNA pon, payah nak komen.


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