EGYPT ERUPTS! 50,000 Revolt Against Mubarak Regime!
Rantings of a Sandmonkey is following the mass demonstrations in Egypt against the Mubarak regime.
Egyptians are outraged over the surging cost of living.
The protesters were doing the unthinkable– Stomping on Mubarak:
Egyptian bloggers helped organize the mass protests on Sunday and are planning another protest on May 4- Mubarak’s brithday.
Hossam at the Arabist had this:
Anyone nabbed was abused also by the police. Children were beaten up with sticks, sacks full of rocks, punches, kicks… Lawyers who showed up to defend the detainees were chased by sword-wielding plainclothes police thugs…
Sandmonkey says 50,000 people took to the streets– much more Here.
Protesters tear down a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during anti government protests in the city of Mahalla, Egypt, Monday, April 7, 2008. Police fired tear gas and beat protesters Monday, and demonstrators angry over rising prices and low wages tore down a billboard of Egypt’s president in a second day of violence in a northern Egyptian city. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
The BBC reported that at least one person was killed during the protests over the rising cost of food:
A youth, 15, was shot dead during protests in Mahalla al-Kubra on Monday.
The northern industrial city was reported to be calm on Tuesday, though protest organisers warned people could come back onto the streets later in the day.
Ahmed Ali Mabrouk Hamada was found to be dead on arrival at hospital. He was shot by police during a demonstration over the high cost of living, officials said.
Soaring food prices and low wages have strengthened popular discontent with the government, and dozens of arrests have also been reported outside of Mahalla al-Kubra.
Aljazeera has video of the rioting: