Mubarak’s Son Gamal, Reported To Have Fled To London
As the situation in Egypt continues to be volatile after thousands of people took it to streets protesting against poor life conditions and unemployment, reports say that on Wednesday morning Gamal Mubarak, son of the incumbent president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, and possible heir apparent of his, has fled the country to London along with his wife, daughter and about 100 luggages.
The event occurs as people in Cairo, inspired by what happened in Tunisia, when the riots contributed to the ouster of former dictator Ben Ali, demand the suspension of the 30-year state of emergency, and the passing of a law that would stipulate that the president can only serve two terms in office.
The reports of Gamal leaving the country have not yet been confirmed. Furthermore, the spokesman for the Egyptian Embassy in the U.S. said that stories about Mubarak or any other member of his family leaving Egypt are “completely false.”
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the demonstrators after a day of rage, in which hundreds of thousands of people in the country have asked the removal of the president Mubarak.
On early hours of Wednesday, police has turned water cannons and teargas on people in an attempt to break up the anti-governmental protests.
The Interior Ministry announced that no such demonstrations would be permitted in the country anymore.
Reports indicate that social networks like Facebook and Twitter have been disrupted throughout the country on
Wednesday. The Interior Ministry has denied that the networks were deliberately shut down, arguing that they may have run slower because of heavy usage.
The Twitter and Facebook were used for mobilizing people, the same way they had been in Tunisia.
At least 90 people were arrested during these demonstrations, while Muslim Brotherhood, the most important opposition party in Egypt, reported that 149 of its members were arrested last night.
Violent clashes were recorded in Suez on Wednesday night, and at least 27 people were wounded according to state-run Nile News TV agency.
The United States reacted through State Secretary Hillary Clinton to the alarming news of the Egypt riots, and urged the leadership of the country to implement social reforms and to assure the freedom of expression.
The U.S. reaffirmed the fact that Egypt is a strong ally of the United States.
The news coming from Cairo are very much discussed by the Israeli authorities also, who fear that losing their long-standing friendship of Egypt could place them in difficulties.
Reports from Egypt show that Mohammed ElBaradei, former head to International Atomic Energy Agency, returned to his country and will join the protests of the people.
ElBaradei is seen as a contender to the next presidential elections by the end of this year, and is already called by the people in the country “The Pharao.”
Authorities blamed the current unrest in the country on the Muslim Brotherhood, but the radical movement has denied any implication.11