Gotta hand it to these folks in Egypt, they will NOT be denied what they feel they are owed.
CAIRO – Opposition groups accused the Egyptian government Wednesday of trying to draw out the process of amending the constitution after Vice President Omar Suleiman said the only way forward was through “dialogue” or a “coup.”
The public show of dissent that has roiled Egypt for more than two weeks spread for the first time to the labor sector, with trade unions, railway technicians, oil workers, public transportation empoloyees and some members of state-controlled media striking or joining the protests, according to local news broadcasts.
Despite government efforts to placate them, demonstrators were adamant that President Hosni Mubarak act quickly to end his 30-year autocratic rule. They said they were angered by Suleiman’s remarks on Tuesday that the demonstrations must end soon, and by the vice president’s claim that Egypt is not ready for democratic rule.
“We believe all [President Hosni Mubarak] needs is seven days maximum” to amend the constitution by setting term limits and relaxing eligibility requirements to run for president, said Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, the secretary general of the Wafd Party, a liberal opposition party involved in negotiations with the government.
“We are faced with two choices,” Nour said. “Either to move forward with reform through constitutional legitimate channels, or we’re opening the door to complete chaos or a military coup.”
For the 16th day, thousands of protesters gathered in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand Mubarak’s immediate ouster. Protesters also gathered outside the parliament and the cabinet building for the second consecutive day.
Al-Jazeera reported that the cabinet building was evacuated because of the protests. A government spokesman said that he could not confirm that account but believes the cabinet may be moving their offices because of the demonstrations.
Dear Mr. Mubarak, It’s a wrap, just give them their “free” and get it over with already. Clearly, they’re not about to stand down. Kind Regards, Bossip Nation.
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