Riots Close Down Cairo Streets As Egyptians Demand President Mubarak’s Resignation
January 26, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)—Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Cairo yesterday, intending to demand the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, who has held his presidential position for three decades. The demonstrators, inspired by Tunisia’s uprising, have called for economic and political reforms as Mubarak’s son Gamal fled the country with his family, rawstory.com reports.
The protestors broke down police barricades to march through the streets while chanting “Down With Mubarak.” At least 20,000 to 30,000 police were called to the center of the capital to deal with the crowd, and the area surrounding the interior ministry was sealed off, rawstory.com notes.
Twitter.com was inaccessible throughout Egypt yesterday, in a move believed to be an effort to keep protesters from using the social network site to post messages urging Mubarak’s ouster, rawstory.com reports. Twitter’s spokespeople would not comment on what caused the outage across Egypt.