The 12th day: Obama tells Mubarak to “listen” to Egypt. Berlusconi says Mubarak is “a wise man”.

Posted in 1 by Editor on February 5, 2011

Obama urges Mubarak to “listen” to the Egyptian people. He warned that warned that the mere “pretense of reform” would not be enough to resolve that country’s deepening crisis. “Going back to the old ways is not going to work. Suppression is not going to work.  Engaging in violence is not going to work,” Obama said during a press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

See CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/02/04/egypt.us.response/index.html   

See Jerusalem Post : http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=206871                                                                                                            

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, has described Egypt’s president as a “wise man” and called for continuity in the country’s government. “I hope that in Egypt there can be a transition toward a more democratic system without a break from president [Hosni] Mubarak, who in the West, above all in the United States, is considered the wisest of men and a precise reference point,” he said. His comments came as hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters continued to rally in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, and in Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, calling for Mubarak to stand down.

See Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/02/201124194950335734.html

Demonstrators are still standing their ground in the Egyptian capital calling for Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to quit. down. The protests enter their twelfth day today Saturday, a day after the city’s Tahrir Square, the focal point of protests in Egypt, saw demonstrators observe what they termed the “Day of Departure”.

See Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/20112541240504912.html


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  1. Mohamad Bayoumi said, on February 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Thank you Malta.

  2. YD said, on February 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    If the current situation in Egypt remains unchanged it might appear as a golden opportunity for the rise of another dictator.

  3. Kate Galea said, on February 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Revolutions are not made in one day.

  4. Fred Vella said, on February 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    @YD and Kate Galea
    We have to be realistic. The French Revolution was not completed in 12 days. In fact you can argue that it was never completely completed. What started in Egypt has long been brewing and will take years, perhaps decades, to play itself out. It may produce, as YD warns, another dictator. But it could also be the start of something new in the Arab world: an alternative to the dilemma between Islamic fundamentalist populism and governments – such as Mubarak’s – that please the West by ensuring regional stability at the cost of their people’s happiness.

  5. Laura Metelli Xuereb said, on February 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    What happens in Egypt also depends on what happens elsewhere. If armchair progressives in the West limit themselves to gape at television coverage of what happens in Egypt, they will share the blame if the sacrifice of Egyptian democrats is wasted.

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