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Following Mubarak and Obama Speeches, Government Thugs Attack Demonstration

Egypt: Did Obama Give a Green Light for Violence?

WASHINGTON - Pro-regime forces in Cairo have attacked peaceful protesters and
media personnel. Phone lines are intermittent; Egypt is 7 hours ahead of
U.S. ET.

Last night, following Mubarak and Obama’s speeches, As’ad AbuKhalil, wrote the piece “Obama to Mubarak: License to Murder the Egyptian People.” For updates on his blog, see: AbuKhalil is a professor in the department of politics at California State University, Stanislaus. For additional online resources

Based in Cairo, Mekay
reports for Inter Press Service and other outlets. He just wrote the
Institute for Public Accuracy: “Mubarak is clearly backed by the
Americans. He took some moves after speaking with Obama and a visit by a
former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner. Mubarak, the army, the
Americans and the Israelis are clearly on one side. That’s one camp.
The people of Egypt (most of them now) are the other. …” See full piece

Available for a limited number of interviews, Rizk
is an independent blogger and filmmaker based in Cairo. He just
emailed the Institute for Public Accuracy: “I just came from Tahrir
[Liberation Square], extreme brutality by government thugs on
anti-government protesters there. Masses are streaming out.”

Just back from the Mideast, Sleiman directs Think Tanks Monitor and is
founder of the Center for American and Arab Studies. He warned on Monday:
“The clique immediately around Mubarak through force and intimidation
are trying to use the army and the air force (Mubarak himself came from
the air force) to get the people off the streets and in effect end the
uprising. They are also trying to reconstitute their security
Today he said: “The role of the army is showing itself to be a reserve
power of the regime. It allowed these regime thugs into the Square. The
army should live up to its promise to protect the people.”

Shenker is a London-born
journalist who reports for the Guardian from Egypt. He was beaten and
arrested by Egyptian government forces on Wednesday and caught much of
what happened to him on audio tape.

Hussein is a doctor at Nadeem Center for Victims of Torture.

Ortiz studies at American University in Cairo; he graduated from Brown
University in Arabic literary translation and Middle Eastern studies in
2009. He circumvented the government media block in Egypt, streaming
live protest coverage from the streets.

Professor of political science and international studies at Richmond
University and currently visiting at the American University in Cairo,
Carapico was featured on an IPA news release Friday: “There’s a Reason Public Opinion in the the Arab World Isn’t Pro-American.”

Beydoun (who is Muslim) and Naggiar (who is Coptic) are both attorneys in Washington, D.C. and have co-founded Free Egypt Now .


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