En direct du Caire, Damien Spleeters suit l'évolution de la situation. Il nous raconte son expérience au plus près des manifestations. Alors que Damien s’apprête à embarquer sur le vol qui le ramène à Bruxelles, nous clôturons sa partie du live. Nous restons attentifs aux informations de François Hien, ici .
AP photographer Khalil Hamra is injured in Tahrir Square on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abed) New York, February 4, 2011--Journalists in Cairo faced assaults, detentions, and threats again today as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak continued their efforts to obstruct news coverage of protests demanding the Egyptian leader's ouster.
But our discomfort paled in comparison to the dull whacks and the screams of pain by Egyptian people that broke the stillness of the night. In one instance, between the cries of suffering, an officer said in Arabic, “You are talking to journalists? You are talking badly about your country?”
If Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bows to pressure from demonstrators and leaves office immediately he may have a place to go. Mubarak can be granted asylum in Montenegro because his son has business ties there, news reports in the country said Friday. “Orascom Holding, a multinational Egyptian corporation which singed a contract last year for the construction of tourist complexes with the Montenegrin government” is owned by the president’s son Gamal Mubarak, according to Novite.com. Montenegro is already home to former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup d’etat. The New York Times reported that US and Egyptian officials were discussing a plan for Mubarak to turn power over now to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman. The report, which cited administration officials and Arab diplomats, said the United States was seeking backing from the Egyptian military even though Mubarak himself was balking at the idea.
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Chants urging Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to leave office are reverberating across Cairo's Tahrir Square. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the square, the focal point of protests in Egypt, for what they have termed the "Day of Departure". As the country entered its eleventh day of unrest, mass demonstrations commenced after Friday prayers. Thousands also gathered in the city of Alexandria, holding up placards and chanting "He must go!" an Al Jazeera correspondent there reported.
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Protests demanding an end to Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule is set to continue in Egypt. Protesters on Friday prepared for big demonstrations to mark the "Day of departure" for the beleaguered president. The developments come as the New York Times reports, quoting US officials and Arab diplomats, that the US administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for Mubarak to resign immediately and hand over power to a transitional government headed by Omar Suleiman, the newly appointed vice-president. The Egyptian president, for his part, says he has had enough and is ready to go but fears chaos if he resigns now. Mubarak's remarks, to an American TV network on Thursday, came as two days of clashes between protesters and his supporters on Cairo's streets left at least 13 people dead and hundreds injured. Ahmed Shafiq, Egypt's new prime minister, said the interior minister should not obstruct Friday's peaceful marches.
Des manifestants sur la place Tahrir, au Caire, le 4 février 2011 Photo : PC/AP/Khalil Hamra La nuit est tombée sur la place Tahrir, au Caire, qui restait occupée en début de soirée par les 100 000 personnes qui se sont réunies toute la journée pour réclamer une nouvelle fois la démission du président Hosni Moubarak. La manifestation a été baptisée « jour du départ ». Près d'un million d'Égyptiens sont descendus dans les rues de différentes villes du pays, selon l'envoyée spéciale de Radio-Canada, Ginette Lamarche.
Hosni Moubarak Photo : AFP/Attila Kisbenedek Selon le journal et des responsables américains, les États-Unis discutent avec des dirigeants égyptiens d'une proposition pour obtenir la démission immédiate du président Hosni Moubarak. Les pourparlers porteraient aussi sur la passation du pouvoir à un gouvernement de transition dirigé par le vice-président Omar Soleimane avec l'appui de l'armée.