Hosni Mubarak has made a speech which shows him to be totally out of touch with the times and reality. Accusing the demonstrators of having been exploited by elements who want to spread chaos and instability, he’s ignored the wishes of the population that he leave.
He says that there are political forces that have rejected his invitation to dialogue, responding to their political agendas. I never wanted political power, he tells his audience. It is not in my nature to give up responsibility. I shall concentrate on transitioning power in an atmosphere that protects Egyptians. I shall present Egypt to the next authorized, legitimate, constitutional government in the next election.
Let us speed up the elections. I will pursue the transfer of power in a way that will fulfill the people’s demands. Let us fight poverty, achieve social justice. I call upon police to protect citizens and protect their rights and dignities. I ask legislators to pursue those who are corrupt – and who are those corrupt people? Those who started fires and looting in Egypt. Are these not the demonstrators?
I will die in the land of Egypt.
Not likely anyone will buy this.
People watch the presidential speech on a large screen in Tahrir Square. Their cheers? “We’re not leaving Thursday, we’re not leaving Friday, we’re not leaving.”
Expect renewed demonstrations aimed at bringing out as many people as it takes to have Mubarak leave.