Major uprisings calling for removal of Mubarak continue in Egypt despite nationwide curfew listen01/28/11 Seán Kinane
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Major protests continue for a third straight day in Egypt where demonstrators are calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. They continued into the night despite a nationwide curfew.
Egypt State TV and other outlets say the ruling party headquarters in Cairo is burning. The Associated Press reported that protesters tried to storm the state TV building and the Foreign Ministry. Egypt's military has deployed on the streets of some cities and there are reports that protesters are welcoming the troops. An unnamed source told the AP the US will review its policy on providing more than a billion dollars of aid to Egypt based on these events.
In a statement today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not speak about Mubarak stepping down, only that the regime needs to work on reform. Here’s a clip of her speech recorded from CNN while they played audio from the protests in the background.
Cables obtained by WikiLeaks and reported on by the New York Times reveal that U.S. diplomats often raised concerns with Egyptian leaders about reports of torture by police and the imprisonment of bloggers and dissidents.
A rally has been planned for tomorrow afternoon called Tampa Bay Stands With Egypt. It begins at 2 on the corner of Dale Mabry and Kennedy in Tampa.
Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reports “thousands of Jordanians held peaceful demonstrations in Amman and other cities” today "to press for reform and the government's resignation, taking their cue from Tunisia and Egypt."