Egypt's cabinet resigns, but protesters do not slow down "second revolution"
This is our second revolution. We arrived with our dignity and we will leave with it. We are not weak now. We know our rights.
Muhammad Ali, protester at Cairo's Tahrir Square (BBC News)
Prime ministry of Egypt, Essam Sharaf announced Tuesday that the cabinet has submitted its resignation in answer to “people’s demands” on shift of power after the barbaric clash between demonstrators and and police that started on Saturday.
The resignation was an attempt to calm the escalating violence where 26 people have been reported dead and hundreds are injured, during the clashes between protesters and the police.
Sharaf has also asked people to leave the encampments and "calm down" because said the government is “willing do anything for the sake of this country and you must be willing to as well because who will benefit from this events?”
In addition, Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said on TV that parliamentary elections will be held next next week and a referendum to transfer the power will be organized if necessary.
He added that the military "do not aspire to govern and put the supreme interest of the country above all consideration."
However, as for Tuesday according to The Telegraph protesters are bringing more tents to the square where temperature is about 9 C, fairly cold for Egypt. It seems that many are rejecting military concessions. "We are not leaving, he (Tantawi) leaves."
The protest resuscitates from January's Egypt’s Revolution (after Tunisia's uprising), where thousands gathered at the iconic Tahrir Square in Cairo to bring down the autocratic 30-year reign of prime minister Hosni Mubarak.
This historic event called “Departure Day” led to the rest of the Arab spring and a series of protest worldwide such as the Occupy movement which kicked off in September with Occupy Wall Street in New York.
The ongoing violence raises other issues in the light of these protests as in some parts of the Western world as in the University of California in US where police blatantly pepper-sprayed students at the Occupy UCDavis encampment when they refused to move, causing an outcry in the international community.