Attacks on journalists and unarmed protesters don't deter pro-democracy masses in Egypt

02/03/11 Seán Kinane
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ABC News reports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is tired of being president and would like to quit now, but can’t because of fears Egypt would descend into chaos. He also claims his government is not responsible for recent violence on demonstrators in Cairo. He blamed the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Prime Minister apologized for attacks on anti-government protesters overnight that killed at least people.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports two of its journalists were among two dozen members of the media arrested this morning by the Egyptian Interior Ministry. The U.S says it is condemning a “concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists” who are covering the demonstrations in Cairo.

On Twitter, State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley said the campaign against journalists is meant to impede their reporting. He said, "We condemn such actions." But he did not say the Obama administration would cut of the billions of dollars in aid to the Mubarak regime.

Crowley says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has spoken with Egypt's new vice president.

On Egypt state television, vice president Omar Suleiman blamed foreigners, the Muslim Brotherhood and businessmen for fueling the anti-government protests. He said the country’s military is on the streets to enforce the curfew, protect people against thugs and to make up for the police's lack of capabilities to deal with the unrest.

The company Vodafone says Egyptian authorities forced it to broadcast pro-government text messages during the protests. Egypt's state television said President Hosni Mubarak's son will not seek to succeed his father in elections later this year.

At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama did not demand that Mubarak resign, instead Obama said he’s praying for an end to violence.

Amnesty International says military police stormed the offices of an Egyptian rights group and arrested at least 30 activists.

Meanwhile, in Palestine, hundreds of people in Gaza demonstrated in solidarity with the Egyptian people against President Hosni Mubarak.

some information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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