Egypt Cabinet Resigns Amid Tahrir Square Violence (Video)
Egypt Military Cracks Down on Tahrir Square Demonstrators
Egyptian citizens, impatient with the army's slow handling of the transitional government, has taken to the streets in protest once more. Tahrir Square, the focal point to the demonstrations that eroded Hosni Mubarak's grip on power, is again in the spotlight.
According to Egyptian state television, the military got its cue for dealing with the demonstration from the US, after seeing police violence against the OWS, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Cal and Occupy UC Davis protesters.
Egypt State TV anchor: We saw the firm stance the US took against OWS people & the German govt against green protesters to secure the state
So, to recap, the US government condemned the violence in Tahrir Square during the protests against Mubarak. President Obama has said nothing about the police violence against the OWS protesters. Now Egypt is citing the US as a benchmark of how to handle protests, i.e. with violence.
Egypt has taken it to a different level, though, killing at least 24 people in the past three days. You can see graphic video of the Egypt protests below.
Egypt Cabinet Resigns
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's cabinet has handed in its resignation. This move will only have symbolic meaning, however, unless the new cabinet has credibility with the public. This will be directly tied to a sped-up path to democratic elections.
The military council has not yet accepted the cabinet's resignation, wanting to select a new Prime Minister first.
Parliamentary elections are a week away. So far, the Muslim Brotherhood, which helped sweep Mubarak from power, expects to do well in the elections, and has kept quiet during the protests for fear of making any new enemies.