Mubarak unleashes thugs on peaceful protesters

By The Real News Network

With the Egyptian army standing with the people demanding dictator Mubarak’s removal from power, Mubarak sent in a private corps of thugs using machetes, water cannons, batons, tear gas, tanks and horses to disperse the protesters who peacefully held the square for nine days. The Egyptians fully understand that the tear gas, tanks and guns are US-made.

Video here.

Khaled Fahmy is professor and chair of the Department of History at the American University in Cairo. After graduating from AUC with a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in political science, Fahmy went on to pursue a D.Phil. from Oxford University. A renowned expert in Middle East studies, Fahmy served as associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University (NYU) before joining AUC as a faculty member.

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