Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks delivers fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

WEB NEWS

Israel and Hamas battle online over public opinion

Read more

  • Live: France says missing Algerian plane 'probably crashed'

    Read more

  • 51 French nationals aboard missing Algerian plane

    Read more

  • Algerian jet vanishes: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • Deadly Israeli strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to easy victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European aviation agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death arrives in Italy

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

  • Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

Africa

Reporter's Notebook: Cairo bears the scars of deadly power struggle

Text by Marc DAOU

Latest update : 2011-01-30

FRANCE 24's special correspondents in Cairo report on Saturday's protests in the Egyptian capital, a city besieged by security forces and protesters determined to end President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

After a night of violent protests, the streets of Cairo on Saturday were littered with the remains of barricades, smouldering cars and graffiti calling for the ouster of the country’s embattled president, Hosni Mubarak.

Along the mighty Nile River, smoke billowed over the headquarters of the ruling NDP party, which was set alight by angry protesters on Friday. Flames could still be seen curling out of the building’s windows. Below, the burnt-out chassis of dozens of vehicles underscored the fierceness of the blaze.
 
Mohammed, an 18-year-old native from Cairo, had come to witness the sight and, while at it, take some pictures. He said all of this – the riots, the hunger, the anger – was Mubarak’s fault.  “We want change and we simply can’t deal with a life where we have no future”, he said. “[Mubarak] will never understand Egyptian youth. He should just leave”.  
 
Another teenager, Hasan, said he was not sure whether the protests would continue into Saturday night, in defiance of the curfew. But even as he spoke, groups of youths gathered around us, chanting one slogan, “Mubarak go!”

Date created : 2011-01-29

  • EGYPT

    Reporter's Notebook: Cairo, a capital under siege

    Read more

COMMENT(S)