Chaos in Egypt as they call in the military and impose curfews

by Charles Cherry

“Chaos has enveloped Egypt as the military has been deployed in major cities and curfews imposed.”

It is not hard to understand why the people of the Middle East are rioting – massive unemployment, extensive corruption in all levels of government, lack of basic freedoms and personal liberty – but I wonder what the protesters hope to achieve?

Do they want Democracy, or do they just want jobs? Are they protesting out of high levels of frustration, just for sake of protesting, or do they have a set of goals in mind?

It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out, and how the Obaminator will handle it. He stood idly by last year during the protests in Iran, (also here) which, by the way, were protests for a real cause – not just out of frustration.

The Egyptian government is coming down hard on the people, though. There have already been protesters shot down in the streets (see here) and they are shutting down all access to the outside world. Presumably they are trying to prevent the people from using the Internet to communicate with each other, but they are also shutting down satellite feeds, media, journalists, etc.

The question now becomes, what are they planning to do, and why are they trying to hide it from the world?

If I were living in Egypt, I would be very worried about what comes next.

Egypt calls in military and imposes curfews.

Egypt cracks down on mass protests