Day 18: Egypt PR Battle Escalates

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Is Mubarak in or out? In Cairo or at his seaside retreat? Is the Army backing Mubarak or ‘the people’? The war of words continues in Egypt as the establishment and the protesters fight to get their messages out. With the Internet unrestrained in Egypt we are getting plenty of jockeying for control of the story that will decide the future of Egypt and the new Middle East.

Watching President Hosni Mubarak addressing his nation Thursday night, explaining why he would not be drummed out of office by foreigners, I felt embarrassed for him and worried for Egypt. This man is staggeringly out of touch with what is happening inside his country. This is Rip Van Winkle meets Facebook. See Out of Touch, Out of Time. Thomas Friedman, The New York Times

1348: The Tunisian Hend Sabry, star of the Yacoubian Building and Cairo resident, tells the BBC World Service her husband is demonstrating in Tahrir Square today but public opinion is split. “More and more people in the streets of Cairo are now saying that ‘this is enough, we achieved a lot, and we now should move on with our lives’. Time is on the side of the pro-stability camp. And I think that this is what the decision makers are playing on.”

3:06pm Cairo time – Mother of protester who was killed in the protests, addressed protesters and said that she was willing to offer her second son for the struggle for democracy.


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