Curfew Imposed In Egypt To Calm Riots
The Middle East has always been known for violence and anger. Yet, Egypt has had a reputation of a “safe place” for tourists for decades. As of now, it looks like that is over. Riots over governmental injustice are flaring up all over Egypt and it does not look like there is an end in sight.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of Egypt Friday, stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. One protester was killed and even a Nobel Peace laureate was placed under house arrest after joining demonstrations
State television said a curfew would be in force from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Cairo, the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and the flashpoint city of Suez east of the capital. It said the military will work in tandem with the police to enforce the ban.
Pentagon officials tell Fox News that the U.S. embassy in Cairo is not being evacuated yet, but that they are monitoring developments on the streets closely.
Groups of thousands of protesters, some chanting “out, out, out,” defied a ban on any gatherings and turned out at different venues across Cairo, a city of about 18 million people, some marching toward major squares and across scenic Nile bridges. Burning tires sent up plumes of black smoke across the cityscape as the sun set. Security officials said there were protests in at least 11 of the country’s 28 provinces.