Jewish World Review Feb. 2, 2011 / 28 Shevat , 5771
Mubarak's supporters struggle to have their voices heard
By Timothy M. Phelps
AIRO (MCT) Not everyone in
While those with revolutionary fervor gathered by the tens of thousands a mile down the Nile at
For this vastly outnumbered group, numbers were nonetheless important.
"If there are 1 million people in Tahrir, then the other 79 million Egyptians want
"Thousands of people are coming to join us, thousands," promised
With the national anthem blaring from loudspeakers, the counter-demonstrators marched in front of the Foreign and Information Ministries, heavily guarded by soldiers backed up by a phalanx of tanks and armored personnel carriers.
When a senior police officer, one of the few of that profession wearing a uniform in public here Tuesday, joined the ranks, he was mobbed by men hugging and kissing him on the cheek. "The police and the people are one," the crowd chanted, expressing a sentiment decidedly not shared by the far larger group at
At the mass protest rally on Tuesday, it was the army that was being embraced, with chants of "Army of the people" and "no to violence against the army."
For the most part, the subset of Mubarak supporters consisted of those with something to lose, such as engineers, government employees and shop owners. Though one man said he was a driver and another an auto mechanic, there was an air of class distinction in the marchers' comments.
"The poor people think that if Mubarak leaves they will be rich," said Farag, the jeweler. "Will the price of meat drop from
"These people take four wives and have 15 or 20 kids and then wonder why they are poor," said Hani Farouk, 33, who lives in the wealthy suburb of Maadi.
As much as anything, those participating in the rally seemed desperate to cling to the status quo.
Referring to presidential elections scheduled for later in the year,
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