Egypt Protests: Curfew Imposed as Army Takes Charge (Video)
Egypt Protests Continue: Hosni Mubarak Imposes Curfew and Hands Enforcement Duties to Army
Even as Egyptian citizens call for him to step down, President Hosni Mubarak announced a 6pm-7am curfew in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. While there's no sign that protestors will accept anything Mubarak does besides resign, a curfew gives police and military leeway to arrest anyone on the streets at night, regardless of whether or not they are taking part in demonstrations.
[Update: the curfew has been extended to cover all of Egypt, but the demonstrators are ignoring it entirely. Also, they seem happy to see the military: army support is apparently seen as crucial to ousting Mubarak.]
But in a hint that authorities might heed public anger, a senior lawmaker and member of the ruling party called for "unprecedented reforms" in order to stave off a revolution.
Police were deployed in strength around the most populous Arab nation, which has been rocked by protests since Tuesday, with eight people killed, hundreds injured and some 1000 arrested.
We now know what happens to demonstrators who get arrested: they get severely beaten, as Guardian reporter Jack Shenker experienced firsthand.
WikiLeaks vs Hosni Mubarak
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has released more US embassy cables, which show US diplomats reporting systematic torture and police brutality against Egyptian activists and bloggers.
"The police use brutal methods mostly against common criminals to extract confessions, but also against demonstrators, certain political prisoners and unfortunate bystanders. One human rights lawyer told us there is evidence of torture in Egypt dating back to the time of the pharoahs. NGO contacts estimate there are literally hundreds of torture incidents every day in Cairo police stations alone," one cable said.
You can read the WikiLeaks cable here.