|Posted: 30/January/2011 at 15:37 | IP Logged |
Everybody remembers the lone protester facing down a tank during the Tiananmen Square massacre.
In Egypt the Army has sent tanks to the streets of Cairo where thousands are demanding the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.
Presently as the local police beat the protesters and open prisons to create chaos in the streets, the Army at least is a stabling force.
Egyptian soldiers show solidarity with protesters, activist ElBaradei joins demonstrationsVIDEO
CAIRO - Under the protective gaze of Egyptian soldiers, thousands of demonstrators converged on this capital city's central plaza Sunday and vowed to occupy the site until President Hosni Mubarak steps down.
But even as the gathering gained strength, fears rose across Cairo of mass looting after sundown by armed thugs who were widely believed by Egyptians, as well as by soldiers, to be operating at the behest of the nation's much-maligned Interior Ministry.
In Tahrir Square, the central plaza that has been the focus of anti-Mubarak sentiment, protesters and soldiers worked together to beat back two Interior Ministry vehicles that attempted to enter the site. A tank commander then scaled his vehicle and announced to the crowd that the Interior Ministry, which operates the nation's police force, had deployed thousands of armed men who were bent on sowing chaos in Egypt.
The army, he said, "would stand with the people."
The commander, dressed in battle fatigues, was cheered by the crowd and kissed on the cheek by demonstrators who chanted, "the army and the people are one."
Egyptian anti-government protesters pray in front of an Egyptian army tankduring a protest in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundreds of anti-government protesters have returned to Cairo's central Tahrir Square, chanting slogans against Hosni Mubarak just hours after the Egyptian president fired his Cabinet but refused to step down.