Thousands march through the streets of Cairo, thousands should demands for President Mubarak to leave, “out, out, out,” they demand of a man who has ruled for nearly three decades during which time the country is at peace with the world, but not at peace with itself. Military forces are now in the streets as police fire round after round of gas only to discover crowds are returning with even greater anger. Amal Ahmad, an ordinary citizen, told a western reporter: “It is time for the government to change. I want a better future for my family.” That sums up the feeling of most people in these crowds. They want an end to government corruption, they want a government that will set free its economy to create jobs and opportunities for youth to utilize their talents. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Egyptian government to end its emergency laws and pay attention to what crowds ae demanding. “We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters.” Once again, President Mubarak spoke in platitudes by saying, “I am working for the people” and called for an end to violence.
It is time for President Mubarak to allow free elections so men like Mohamed ElBaradei can assume leadership. It is time for Mubarak to make clear that his son will not be the next president of the nation. An “emergency law” that lasts three decades is NOT an “emergency law.” It represents repression of freedom.