ElBaradei Asks Mubarak To Leave Power Today As Egypt Is Sinking into Chaos in the Sixth Day of Prostest
Egypt is sinking into chaos in the sixth day of street protests against president Hosni Mubarak, after the most brutal day of protests, on Saturday, when the army had to descend in the streets to ensure that the governmental buildings and the country’s valuable museums are being protected.
Though on Sunday the protests were not as strong as the day before, the lack of police and law enforcement has created a very dangerous environments in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria or Suez, especially after the inmates in different prisons broke out of jail and spread throughout the city.
Dozens of bodies were seen in front of Abu Zabaal prison after the prisoners there rebelled and the soldiers had to intervene, killing at least 8 convicts. Among those who escaped the prison are 8 members of Hamas. All eight made their way back to Gaza on Sunday, as confirmed by Gazan government.
Shots were heard inside the famous Tora prison, where in the past many Islamist militants had been kept.
34 prisoners members of Muslim Brotherhood broke out Wadi Natrun prison, north of Cairo.
The state of near chaos compelled the people in the major city to organize themselves in order to defend their properties against looters.
In all this commotion, Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of IAEA, who returned from exile in Austria and was placed under arrest on Friday, said that the situation indicated that Hosni Mubarak must leave power today, and make way for a national unity government who would ensure a smooth transition and free and fair elections.
ElBaradei made this statement in the Tahrir Square, where he joined the demonstrations on Sunday, a less violent one than the ones in the five days before.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Mubarak met with top military commanders after appointing the new government, with former air force commander Ahmed Shafik, as prime minister and Omar Suleiman, former intelligence chief, as vice-president.
Analysts say that these appointments show the place the security has in the agenda right now. Demonstrators did not seem to happy with the change and called for the resignation of president and his regime.
Al-Jazeera was banned on Sunday on the territory of Egypt, while tourists and investors leave the country in a hurry. Internet and telephones are still working hard.
American leaders have asked for the peaceful transition to reforms and democracy, while Israel is watching the developments in order to find out whether it still has a friend and ally in the Arab country.
A more direct approach had the three most important countries of the European Union, whose leaders, David Cameron, British PM, Nicolas Sarkozy, French President, and Angela Merkel, German chancellor, have urged Egyptian authorities to hold free elections.
It is said that they fell short of openly asking Mubarak to resign.11