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‘Kifaya!’: Enough!

Cairo, 28 January 2011: Two weeks after a popular revolution in Tunisia that ousted the corrupt, nepotistic and repressive government led by Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak finds itself confronted by myriads of Egyptians surfeited with corruption, nepotism and repression. Defying a curfew enforced by tanks on the streets of Cairo, protesters have filled city centers throughout Egypt day and night, demanding an end to Mubarak’s regime, leading to clashes with government security forces that have, to date, left 25 dead.

Egyptian protestors fill Tahrir Square, 28 January 2011

Egyptian protesters fill Tahrir Square, 28 January 2011.
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Mubarak so far vows to stand firm, but he has announced the dissolution of his government and promised extensive reforms, while issuing a call for national unity. Such maneuvers, however, seem unlikely to satisfy protesters like the man photographed below, walking toward a line of police and carrying a sign reading, “Leave, leave, Mubarak!”

'Leave, Mubarak!'

Erhal! “Leave, Mubarak!”: So says this sign, and so say millions of voices across Egypt.
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What happens from here? Either Mubarak summons up enough police and military support to smash the protesters, and Egypt will return to a state of seething discontent until another event sets it aboil again, or he will find himself — metaphorically if not literally — as a fellow guest with Ben Ali in Saudi Arabia.

As for me, I join seventy-nine million Egyptians in hoping to see Mubarak bid a final “Wida3an” to the country he has misruled for so long.

Originally published as a review of a Guardian article on the protests in Cairo and Mubarak’s failed attempt to suppress them with tanks.

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