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July 06, 2005

Protestors Demand Mubarak Resign

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Around 300 activists from various political groups protested Egypt's rising unemployment on Wednesday and called on President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

Circled by almost the same number of riot police standing shoulder-to-shoulder as well as some pro-Mubarak protesters, demonstrators waved banners and chanted anti-Mubarak slogans in the crowded lower middle class Cairo district of Imbaba.

Dozens of police trucks were stationed in most of the streets surrounding and leading to the protests.

Carrying Egyptian flags and waving a red banner depicting the leftist revolutionary Ernest "Che" Guevara, demonstrators shouted "Oh Hosni Mubarak we are bankrupt. What did you do with our money?"

A bunch of protestors carrying Che banners?

They're learning. They're learning.

It's good to see class divisions splitting the country. It's divisive, of course, but these differences need to be aired, not papered-over by dreams of pan-Arabism and crude anti-semitism and anti-Americanism.

Like this guy, who wonders what all the fuss about unemployment is about:

Others didn't approve of the protesters' harsh criticism of Mubarak.

"What did Mubarak do to them? Everything he's done has been good," said Salah Qutb, 50, who identified himself as a bank manager.

Not to be glib, but at this moment, I'm pro-chaos. As someone (Krauthammer) said, sure, the Middle East is "stable," but it's the stability of the sewer.

Shine on you crazy diamonds.

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