» 02/12/2011, 00.00
EGYPT - ISLAM
First dawn after Mubarak: rebirth and domino effect
In Tahrir Square military and young volunteers clear up the barricades and waste. The Arab countries greet the "historic day" of Egypt, but fear a "domino effect". Gulf activists are preparing protests. China also fears the Egyptian example.
Cairo (AsiaNews) - The Egyptians are still celebrating after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak last night. Tens of thousands of young people are still in Tahrir Square and surrounding streets, with hoarse voices after a night of shouting and singing. The army has begun to clear the square of barricades and burned cars, while many young people and volunteers are sweeping waste from the area.
Enthusiasm abounds for this great "young people’s revolution ", as it has been christened by the major media in the country, although there are questions about what is expected from the future. The armed forces now have power in hand and promised to "not take the place of the legitimacy desired by the people," guaranteeing "free and transparent presidential elections and changes toward a more democratic constitution.
One demonstrator told AsiaNews: "It is pure joy. We are aware that in life there is no fate or destiny: history is in our hands. "
The international community has hailed the resignation of Mubarak, their old friend, as a "historic day". Many Islamic countries have hailed it "the dawn of a new Egypt”. But there are also concerns about a possible Egyptian "domino effect" on other Arab and non-Arab countries.
In recent weeks, riots have broken out in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Yemen, all of them motivated by unemployment, high prices, corruption, dictatorial powers.
Many Islamic countries fear that their people will follow the example of Egypt, the most populous Arab country. Activist groups in the Gulf are already planning demonstrations and are demanding the rulers of Bahrain, Emirates, Saudi Arabia not to block rallies. They call on them "understand that it is time to release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience and draft a constitution that meets the needs of modern times."
China is also among the countries who fear the example of Egypt. Throughout the18 days of protests in Tahrir Square, all information was strictly censored in China. A few days ago, in Guizhou, activists distributed leaflets with news about what happened in Cairo and were arrested by police.
President Hosni Mubarak resigns
Power is handed over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Crowds celebrate in Cairo and throughout Egypt. Demands that he not be allowed flee abroad, but held to count for his crimes. A “peoples revolution”, not “Islamic”.
A bed-ridden Mubarak goes on trial
The former president is accused of corruption and ordering the killing of civilians during ‘Arab spring’ protests. Scuffles break out in the courtroom between spectators. For Fr Henry Boulad, directed of Alexandria’s Jesuit Cultural Centre, the proceedings are a “huge” step forward, but will not bring anything concrete. In his view, Egypt’s democracy and future will not be decided in this trial.
Cairo transition negotiations continue. Mubarak gathers ministers. Tahrir Square will not give in
Contacts and talks intensified to find a solution to break the deadlock in Egypt. The Vice President Suleiman will meet with opposition leaders. Growing pressure on Mubarak to initiate a peaceful transition.
Life imprisonment for former Egyptian President Mubarak, sons Gamal and Ala acquitted
The court also sentenced interior minister, Habib al-Adly, to life imprisonment. The Court held that they are responsible for the deaths of 850 people killed by police during the protests in Tahrir Square in 2011. Brawl breaks out in court-room bunker after allegations of bribery for Mubarak sons is quashed.
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Mubarak acquittal sparks protests in the universities
Demonstrations, banners and slogans in the universities of Alexandria, Minya, Ain Sham. Two people killed; nine wounds; 85 arrested.
VATICAN - CHINA
The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue
The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".
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