Chaos in Cairo – Violent Protests Quashed – El-Baradei Under House Arrest in Egypt (Video)
Tens of thousands of Egyptians and government forces clashed today in the streets of Cairo.
Police armed with batons beat pro-democracy opposition leader ElBaradei’s supporters.
Russia Today released video from Cairo:
From the video: The Egyptian capital Cairo was the scene of violent chaos on Friday, when tens of thousands of anti-government protesters stoned and confronted police, who fired back with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons. It was a major escalation in what was already the biggest challenge to authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-rule. They are demanding Mubarak’s ouster and venting their rage at years of government neglect of rampant poverty, unemployment and rising food prices.
Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei —a former U.N. nuclear watchdog and Nobel Peace Prize winner – was trapped in a mosque for several hours.
It was a major escalation in what was already the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-rule.
Police also used water cannons against Egypt’s pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei —a former U.N. nuclear watchdog and Nobel Peace Prize winner — and other protesters as they joined the latest wave of demonstrations after noon prayers.
Police used batons to beat some of ElBaradei’s supporters, who surrounded him to protect him.
A soaking wet ElBaradei was trapped inside a mosque nearly an hour after he and his supporters were water cannoned.
There are reports that El-baradei is now under house arrest.