Now Unions have joined in it seems just a matter of time before Mubarak goes.
It is apparent that Mubarak appointed a Vice President in the hope that should he be thrown out, his successor would look after him. Mubarak’s son has fled and so he saw the writing on the wall.
I suppose it just a case of where will Mubarak go? Saudi Arabia? Or London (maybe even Paris, it seems very popular with rich dictators and their families).
And when he does go it should be amusing to see how Western governments fall over themselves to explain away their decades long support for Mubarak’s dictatorship with materials, armaments and masses of money.
Update 1: In spite of a communication blackout ordinary Egyptians are managing to use old (and newer) technologies to get around the government clampdown, as IT News reports:
“Egyptian activists have relied on landlines and amateur radios to communicate since the country’s internet connections were severed on Friday.
Despite network shutdowns and nationwide curfews, demonstrators continued to rally against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
Mubarak’s government appeared to have ordered the cessation of mobile and internet services last week, as online activists rallied supporters for a major demonstration on Friday.
To date, at least 125 people have been killed in violent protests across the nation. Sixty-eight were reportedly killed on Friday.
Besides the well-resourced few with direct satellite links to the internet, a majority of Egyptians remained offline.
Others were using services like Speak To Tweet, Jan25 Voices and amateur radio channels to communicate with the outside world.
Global net activist group, Telecomix, said its amateur radio efforts were aimed at “[carrying] health and welfare traffic from Egypt in the face of [a] total communications blackout”.
“Internet [not] working, police cars [burning],” the group received in Morse code on Friday.
On Saturday morning, it received the description: “dark skies, bloody [moon]”. “Everything is happening, everything we thought,” another message read.
Telecomix also compiled a list of 56kbps dial-up details that could be used to reach internet service providers in Norway, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the US. “