Monday, 31 January 2011

Egyptians take up arms amid security concerns

By day, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Cairo, chanting against the country's president and calling for his resignation.
By night, some defied a government curfew and took to the streets again -- armed with guns, swords and sticks to fend off looters and protect their homes.
Many streets in the nation's capital were left without security after police stopped patrolling.
Kareem Amer told CNN that houses in his Cairo neighborhood had been ransacked.
"We've been hearing gunshots left and right all night long. ... The men of each household have come down and formed their own group militias holding down security for every building," he said.
Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American Islamic Relations said the atmosphere was tense.
"It seems that every major square and every small street in Cairo was basically taken over by communities ... people are parading the streets, walking around with baseball bats and knives," he said from Cairo. "We didn't get any sleep all night."
State-run Nile TV reported that the military issued a stern warning to the people on Saturday: "Stop the looting, chaos and the things that hurt Egypt. Protect the nation, protect Egypt, protect yourselves."!/Newgenafrica



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