Protests in Egypt intensify

January 28, 2011

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Protesters pray in the street, watched by riot police in Giza.

Events in Egypt continue to unfold at a dizzying pace. After Friday prayers, demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo, Suez and Alexandria in numbers that eclipsed Tuesday’s mass protests. The government shut down mobile and internet services across the country and have imposed a curfew in these areas. Military vehicles have been seen on the streets of Cairo. Police fired water canons at opposition figure and former head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei. The headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) in Cairo appears to be on fire.

To get a sense of what’s happening, Cherif Bassiouni and Laith Saud join us to discuss the devlopments in Egypt. Cherif Bassiouni is president emeritus of DePaul University’s International Human Rights Institute and Laith Saud is a lecturer on Islamic World Studies at DePaul University.