Egyptians Defy VP Suleiman – Protests Continue… Violence Reported
Protesters block access to Egyptian parliament, reject reform offers:
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman talks to representatives from political parties in the Prime Minister’s office in Cairo February 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)
Egyptians defied the regime today and continued their protests in Tahrir Square.
Violence reportedly killed 3 protesters.
The AP reported:
Egypt’s anti-government activists called on supporters Wednesday to expand their demonstrations in defiance of the vice president’s warning that protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster would not be tolerated for much longer.
Vice President Omar Suleiman, who is managing the crisis, raised the prospect of a new crackdown on protesters Tuesday when he told Egyptian newspaper editors there could be a “coup” unless demonstrators agree to enter negotiations. The protesters insist they won’t talk before Mubarak steps down, which the president is refusing to do.
“He is threatening to impose martial law, which means everybody in the square will be smashed,” said Abdul-Rahman Samir, a spokesman for a coalition of the five main youth groups behind protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. “But what would he do with the rest of the 70 million Egyptians who will follow us afterward.”
Suleiman is creating “a disastrous scenario,” Samir said. “We are striking and we will protest and we will not negotiate until Mubarak steps down. Whoever wants to threaten us, then let them do so,” he added.
For the first time, protesters were calling forcefully Wednesday for labor strikes after Suleiman warned that calls by some protesters for a campaign of civil disobedience are “very dangerous for society and we can’t put up with this at all.”
Iran Press News has a live feed running from Egypt.
Of course, their coverage is slanted towards the protesters.