Gadhafi Claims He’s Still in Control, Says He’s Not Going Anywhere
Libya’s ambassador to the United States described a brutal scene playing out in the streets of Tripoli, where government supporters and parts of the military have been called by Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to take on protesters demanding the president’s exit.
“Tripoli is burning,” Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujalisaid on “Good Morning America” today. “The people are being killed in a brutal way. The people are armless.”
Aujali said Gadhafi’s supporters are using tanks and gunfire to kill not just protesters but also the capital’s residents, adding that he’s seen images of “people cut in half, just like they’re being killed by bulldozers.”
“Please please help the Libyan people. Help them. They are burning,” he appealed to the international community. “They are being killed in their streets, their houses.”
(CAIRO) — As you cross the Nile Bridge into Tahrir Square, you are carried along by a sea of humanity: red, white and black Egyptian flags are being held high, people are singing and chanting and hugging — celebrating the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power here.
You can hear the celebration echoing all throughout downtown. Horns are honking, people are cheering all over Cairo.
(CAIRO) — Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak abruptly stepped down as president, ending his 30-year-reign, and Egyptian armed forces will take over the leadership of the country, vice president Omar Suleiman announced Friday.
Crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted into loud cheers, chanting “Egypt is free,” as the historic announcement was made.
“My fellow citizens. In this difficult time that the country is going through, the president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has decided to relieve himself of his position as president and the Supreme military council has taken control of the state’s affairs. May God protect us,” Suleiman said during his somber one-minute announcement on TV.
I announced that I will adhere to this position and I will also announce… I will continue to shoulder my responsibility, protecting the constitution and safeguarding the people… until September coming, in the fair and free elections where all the guarantees for transparency will be secured.
Egyptian Ambassador: Violence Against Journalists ‘Deplorable’
Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S., Says Attacks on Journalists ‘Unacceptable’
The Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry strongly criticized recent attacks on journalists in Cairo in an interview with “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour.
“It’s a deplorable situation, one that has been condemned by various officials in the Egyptian government. It’s totally unacceptable,” he said. “But unfortunately the political vacuum and the political situation, with many different segments and proponents of these demonstrations have caused a difficult security environment and I’m confident that this will not be recurring.”
“There were many things people wanted to tell me on Tahrir Square today. An ANC chief was among them, and said, “We want what you have. We want our freedom, we want to be able to say what we want, gather where we want, and freely elect our leaders.”