Egypt’s army issued an ultimatum on Monday to dozens of committed protesters in
Tahrir Square, the epicenter of a movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s
government, to leave the area or face arrest.
Soldiers cleared out almost
all the remaining demonstrators from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the giant traffic
circle that was turned into a protest camp headquarters for the 18-day
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Several huge trucks piled high with protesters’ blankets left the
square. All the tents were gone, as were other signs of permanent camps. By
early afternoon, a few dozen stalwarts remained, standing in one corner of the
square and yelling for the release of political prisoners.
protesters say they won’t leave until all those detained during the revolt are
Still, hundreds of Egyptian state employees took to the streets
to demand better pay and conditions, in the latest outbreak of labor unrest
unleashed by the three-week uprising.
Outside the Nile-side TV and state
radio building, hundreds of public transport workers were demonstrating to
demand better pay. Several hundred protesters from the state Youth and Sports
Organization protested in Tahrir Square with similar demands.
ruling Higher Military Council hopes to finalize constitutional amendments
within 10 days and put them to a referendum within two months, paving the way to
democratic elections, members have told youth activists.
Wael Ghonim said
on his Facebook page that he and seven other activists involved in protests that
brought down Mubarak last week met two members of the council on Sunday evening.
Ghonim, a Google executive who was detained for two weeks during the protests,
confirmed to Reuters the accuracy of the report of the meeting that he published
on social networking site Facebook.
“A constitutional committee known for
integrity, honor and not belonging to any political trends has been formed to
finish constitutional amendments in the space of 10 days, and and they will be
put to a referendum within two months,” the Facebook page read.
Sunday, the Egyptian daily newspaper Al- Akhbar reported that Mubarak’s two sons
were on the verge of blows last Thursday during their father’s last speech as
president. According to the report, Ala Hosni Mubarak accused his younger
brother Gamal of destroying his father’s image and political life.
have destroyed the country when you opened the door to your friends; this is the
result,” the younger Mubarak reportedly said. “Instead of your father
being respected towards the end of his life, you helped spoil his
Meanwhile, speculation continued to spread on Monday over Hosni
Mubarak’s whereabouts. The Egyptian prime minister and senior US officials said
they believe the disgraced president is staying in the Red Sea resort town of
Sharm e-Sheikh, but the independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm
he already boarded a flight for Abu Dhabi, where he spent the night before
continuing to Germany.
German officials have flatly denied those
“He’s not in Germany, and he’s not on his way,” Steffen Seibert,
the chief spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Sunday night.
“This is a new round of rumors. There is absolutely no information that we have
about this, and it would require him a visa to come here. So presumably we would
Egypt’s ambassador to the United States, Sameh Shoukry, said
Mubarak, 82, was “possibly in somewhat of bad health,” providing the first word
about him since being ousted Friday.
Speaking Monday on NBC’s Today
the envoy said he had received the information about Mubarak but could not be
more specific. Two Cairo newspapers said Mubarak was refusing to take
medication, depressed and repeatedly passing out at his residence in the Red Sea
resort of Sharm e-Sheikh. There was no immediate confirmation of the
Mubarak had surgery in Germany last year to remove his
In downtown Cairo, hundreds of police demonstrated for a
second day for better pay. They also want to clear their reputation, further
tarnished by the deadly clashes between protesters and security forces. Some
carried portraits of policemen killed in the clashes.
“These are victims
of the regime too,” declared one placard.
The Interior Ministry says 33
policemen were killed and 1,109 were wounded in the clashes. Several hundred
protesters are thought to have been killed, but no exact figures are
“It’s hard for us to go back to work because people hate us,”
said one protester, a captain who was among the demonstrators. “An official
funeral must be held for our martyrs.”
Alaa Ashour, head of the country’s
national carrier, EgyptAir, was removed by the civil aviation minister after
workers went on strike at Cairo International Airport. Ashour, also
described by airport officials as Mubarak’s pilot on international trips, was
removed late on Sunday after workers called for more perks and pay.
so, the protests continued Monday in other subsidiaries of EgyptAir’s parent
company, as well as workers at companies that provide support services to the
Reflecting the continuing downturn in travel from Egypt,
EgyptAir said it had organized only 31 international flights and 12 domestic
flights for Monday. The carrier generally has about 145 scheduled flights per
day. Several thousand refugees from East African countries, including
Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia, gathered outside the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on
the outskirts of Cairo, demanding to be allowed to leave Egypt to resettle