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February 2nd, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Mubarak in 'state of denial,' pro-Mubarak protests 'insignificant'

(CNN) - Egypt woke up to a day of uncertainty Wednesday as opposition groups and protesters dismissed President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to not seek office again after his current term - and continued their demand for him to step down immediately. Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families with young children - for a ninth day of protests against the ruler. But the same morning, some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak, saying the press are "traitors" and "agents." Mubarak said Tuesday he will not seek office again in elections scheduled for September, but vowed to stay in the country and finish his term.

Today on American Morning, AM’s Kiran Chetry talks to Emad Shahin, associate professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame who has taught at American University in Cairo, about Egyptians' reactions to Mubarak's announcement.

Shahin says Mubarak fell short of the people’s demands and is in a state of denial. He explains to Chetry why protesters are fed up with Mubarak and breaks down Obama's Tuesday statement about the United States' role.

Filed under: Egypt • Religion • World
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Peggy

    I agree with Scott...(Pro-Mrbarak protestors are the police in civilian clothes.) Wondering why CNN hasn't figured this out. Wish they would refer to them as something other than protestors. How about paid Murbarak employees or if Scott's opinion above is verified....the police!!! The term protesters or demonstrators gives a misleading picture of this historic event.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  2. Lori

    To call the "rent-a-mob" Egyptians in the employ of the regime "protesters" (as in "protesters clash in Cairo" is to threaten the possibility of the people involved in the grassroots cry for democracy. These are paid thugs, as your own reporter told us last night on AC360, as they stood there, withstanding the threats of the regime-sponsored thugs. People "intent on causing trouble" (as another reporter in Cairo just called them) MUST BE CALLED WHAT THEY ARE - THUGS IN THE EMPLOY OF THE DICTATOR.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  3. Scott

    What a shock, all of the pro=mubarak plain clothed police officers dissappear off the streets and now you have a bunch of pro-mubarak protestors suddenly appearing and clashing.

    Just a guess, but I would be willing to bet that the crowd of pro-Mubarak protestors are simply the employees of the plain clothed police force.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  4. MeLoN

    The US needs to stay out of Egypt's internal affairs. The US has already made a mess of the Middle East.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:52 am |