February 2, 2011 |
Ramy Hassan, a 25-year-old Egyptian American student, is eager to discuss his hopes for democracy in his homeland - but he does not want to say what college he attends in Philadelphia. Mohamad Elazizi, an Egyptian oral surgeon who moved here in June, said he was willing to talk to a news reporter, but first, "I just want to make sure you're not Intelligence. " On Tuesday, Egyptians in the Philadelphia region fixated on reports of the giant street protests in Cairo, as hundreds of thousands of people jammed Tahrir Square in the largest demonstration yet. But even as hopes soared, some here felt compelled to measure their words, for the sake of family in Egypt.
February 27, 1993 |
EGYPT BOMB KILLS 2 IN COFFEE SHOP A bomb planted in a packed coffee shop in the heart of Cairo exploded last night, killing a Swede and a Turk and injuring 18 other people, including two Americans and a Canadian, police said. Security sources said Moslem extremists were suspected. There was no immediate word on their identities. The Wadi el-Nil coffee shop is on bustling Tahrir Square, frequented by thousands of tourists daily. The Egyptian Museum, Cairo's biggest subway station, the Nile Hilton Hotel and the Arab League headquarters are at the square.
June 14, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Friends and relatives of a U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges said Monday that he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast - and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt's revolution, as Egyptian authorities allege. His mother and a fellow student said Ilan Grapel, 27, arrived in Cairo only in May. Late Monday, the official Egyptian News Agency said the investigation showed he arrived in Egypt just before the protests began Jan. 25 and was in Tahrir Square every day, "inciting sedition, spreading rumors, and urging protesters toward friction with the armed forces and to commit acts of violence.
September 9, 2011 |
CAIRO - A former high-ranking security official testified Thursday that forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak were ordered to use excessive force to crush protests in the early days of a revolution that would later topple the president. The police general's testimony said the order came from then-Interior Minister Habib Adli, an accusation that suggests the highest levels of the Mubarak government plotted the crackdown that killed more than 800 people between Jan. 25 and Feb. 11. It was unclear whether Adli called for firing live ammunition.
October 12, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Finance Minister Hazem Beblawi resigned in protest over the military-led government's crackdown on Christian Coptic protesters this week that deepened sectarian tensions and left 25 people dead and more than 300 injured. Although "there might not be direct responsibility on the government's part, the responsibility lies, ultimately, on its shoulders," the official state news agency MENA quoted Beblawi as saying. "The current circumstances are very difficult and require a new and different way of thinking and working.
April 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE CAIRO - The six-month-old government of Tunisia cracked down with tear gas and batons Monday on thousands of protesters who filled a central artery of the capital in defiance of a new ban on demonstrations there. The confrontation, at the site of the protests that ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and kicked off the Arab Spring last year, was another manifestation of a role reversal now playing out across North Africa in the aftermath of the revolts in neighboring Egypt and Libya as well.
December 25, 2011 |
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday to denounce violence against protesters - especially outraged by images of female protesters dragged by their hair, beaten, and kicked by troops - and to demand an immediate end to military rule. The protesters held pictures of people killed in the clashes that began this month and left at least 17 protesters dead. The scene of military troops beating and dragging women on the ground - in one incident stripping a veiled protester half naked and stomping on her chest - shook many in the largely conservative country, where the military in power since 1952 is highly revered.
July 18, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf made sweeping changes to his cabinet Sunday in a move to calm nine days of protests in Tahrir Square against the nation's ruling military council and the slow pace of political reform. Sharaf promised last week to reshuffle his government and purge the Interior Ministry of police officers and top officials accused of murder in the deaths of more than 800 protesters during the crackdown on the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
January 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt's wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president's rule. They boast that they're willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black wrestlers' masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.
July 2, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of antigovernment protesters armed with flags, banners, and deafening waves of chants for President Mohammed Morsi's downfall packed into Tahrir Square and flooded the streets around Egypt's presidential palace Sunday, in the largest showing of opposition to the Islamist leader since he took office one year ago Sunday. Thousands of Morsi supporters, many of them from his Muslim Brotherhood party, filled another Cairo thoroughfare with their own chants of support.