Egyptian President Refuses To Step Down Amid Increasingly Intense Unrest:

Hosni Mubarak refuses to step down

Hosni Mubarak refuses to step down

In a televised address to his nation made at midnight on Saturday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fired his entire Cabinet and promised massive social reforms, in his first public response to the growing unrest sweeping across the country—where protestors are calling for an end to his 30-year reign.

The president is still refusing to step down, however, and has many saying he will continue to try to remain in power over making necessary strides to solve his country’s problems, including corruption among his cabinet and widespread unemployment and poverty.

Hours earlier, the four-day long anti-government protests—the largest in decades—erupted into full blown chaos, with tens of thousands of Egyptians battling police, hurling stones and firebombs.

The growing protests have spread throughout the country, including major cities Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Assiut and Port Said. Officials have claimed that there were protests in 11 of the 28 provinces in the country—forcing the government to impose a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Many of the protestors remained out in defiance of the curfew, roaming the streets, burning down many buildings—including the ruling party’s headquarters—and looting throughout the major cities. All night long, people were clashing with riot police and the army, pushing the outnumbered law enforcers further back as the mobs grew.

Many international flights to and from Cairo Airport have been suspended amidst the growing danger in the region.

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