The revolution for democracy and social transformation in Egypt continues apace … and, once again, the U.S. is supplying weapons and money to the wrong side (i.e., the anti-democratic military junta currently running things).
A day after the cabinet offered its resignation to Egypt’s transitional military government, protesters demanding an end to army rule fought street battles with the police for a fourth straight day, braving an increasingly lethal crackdown recalling the earliest days of the Arab Spring.
With the clashes unfolding nearby, tens of thousands of people converged on Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egyptian resistance — first to the former president, Hosni Mubarak, ousted in February and now to the military commanders who replaced him.
Such was the nervousness about the test of wills that trading was briefly suspended on the Cairo stock exchange after its main index slumped for a third successive day, deepening the sense of crisis that has built since street fighting began on Saturday — just days ahead of the first parliamentary elections next week since Mr. Mubarak was forced from power.
… A reporter for Al Jazeera held up a spent tear gas canister to a camera and said the country of its manufacture was printed on it as the United States. But the words were not easily legible to viewers.
By midday, the crowd in Tahrir Square had swelled to many tens of thousands — a far larger number than at the same time on previous days since the latest confrontation began on Saturday.
A new banner across the center of the square declared, “This land is owned by the Egyptian people.” Tents and a field clinic to treat injured protesters were being set up nearby.
November 22, 2011
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