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Newsmax Cairo Source: Thugs Taking Over

Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:53 AM EST

With the gradual disappearance of Egyptian police forces in Cairo, the country is — for the moment — falling to thugs and burglars, a Newsmax source in Cairo says.

“There is absolutely no security in this country right now,” said Ahmed, who has been able to speak to Newsmax via landline since the Egyptian government has shut down most Internet and cell phone communications. “The police have completely disappeared and with no security, there are a lot of thugs, burglars. That is what is making the people afraid; we’re closing our houses. But we just don’t know what is going to happen.”

Newsmax is withholding Ahmed’s full name to avoid any chance of reprisals from his speaking to the media.
With as many as 50,000 reported to have taken to the streets again on Saturday, Ahmed said he drove to downtown Cairo and felt that things were fine despite what he said were efforts of strongman Hosni Mubarak’s propaganda machine to discredit the largely peaceful protesters by reporting events that didn’t happen — such as an attack against the Egyptian museum.

“That simply isn’t true, it did not happen. They make this big propaganda for themselves,” Ahmed said.
The Army has been called to keep calm, and protesters appear to largely be ignoring a 4 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday local time curfew, but “they will not fire on the protesters,” Ahmed said.

“I refused to leave Egypt, because it is my country. And now I have to defend my property and I don’t have anything to defend my property. I never thought I would be in this situation,” Ahmed said.

As of early evening, Mubarak had named the first vice president of his reign, Omar Suleiman, a former intelligence chief, state TV reported. Suleiman led major foreign policy issues in Egypt such as the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Mubarak's efforts Friday and Saturday to offer reforms have done little to appease demonstrators, who continue to ignore curfews and are often seen asking members of the Army to join their cause. Dozens of Egyptians have died in the clashes with police, and hundreds have been injured.

Although Mubarak's Cabinet officially resigned Saturday morning, the 82-year-old embattled president seems to be flying under the radar, giving no hope to demonstrators that he will step down anytime soon. He has held on to power for 30 years.

In downtown Cairo, angry and frustrated protesters over the country's weakening economic situation, high unemployment and food prices, and the corruption they see from the ruling classes descended on al Tahrir Square and continued calling for Mubarak to leave. Al Jazeera reported that at least 50,000 people were in downtown Cairo Saturday.

Ahmed, who is the owner of a high-tech business, said his family is living in fear in a nice area of Cairo, which is he says is a target for thugs — despite the fact that he is on the side of demonstrators.

“I have lived here all my life. I’ve lived doing my best, being honest, being so patriotic and now because we succeeded in our business we are seen as we must belong to the corruption. It is so sad. This is the worst moment of my life.”
He worries for his family’s future.

Mubarak "doesn’t seem to want to leave so far. People are thinking only of their own survival. We can’t go out and buy food. Even if we survive today and the next day, what are we going to do tomorrow? Egypt will never be the same.”

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With the gradual disappearance of Egyptian police forces in Cairo, the country is — for the moment — falling to thugs and burglars, a Newsmax source in Cairo says.
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Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:53 AM
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