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07 June 2023

People rule the streets in Kafr El Sheikh

Rafat Khalaf from Kafr El Sheikh

By Rafat Khalaf

The police has almost vanished from the streets of Kafr El Skeikh and people's militias are ruling the streets.

The story seems to be more or less the same across Egypt, while in Cairo, President Hosni Mubarak appears to be hole dup in his office as protestors in their thousands have again gathered in the Liberation Square demanding he leave the presidency.

Residents of apartment buildinghs have formed vigilante patrols to keep away would-be looters from their premises.

Across the town the people are ruling and it is easy to get into the interrior security forces building.

People had stormed into the police stations and grabbed the weapons from there. They have set up roadblocks even though there is hardly any securiy presence, except at banks.

It seems the people in Egypt will not not be content with having the current regime, even despite the reshuffle on Sunday.

"It is the same regime. Nothing has changed," said a resident.

Rumours have been flying across the country and more and more institutions are now joining the protest.

Reports sayd that scholars from the renowned Al Azhar University and the judges have added their voices asking Mubarak to leave the reigns of power.

The downside of the crisis is that almost all shutters across Kafr El Sheikh are down as shopkeepers and businessmen have closed shop from fear of looters.

"There is not even bread to find. I wanted a mobile phone card and I could not get it. We have no internet," said a resident of Kafr El Sheikh.

 Rafat wrote on Saturday: The flames of revolution burn Kafr El Sheikh

The focus of the world may be in Cairo, but the flames of revolution have spread across Egypt, as far north as Kafr El Sheikh.

On Saturday, thousands of protestors, some as young as 16, descended on Kafr El Sheikh.

The result was a burning city. Literally.

Kafr El Sheikh has about one million residents and it is difficult to tell who are the demonstrators and who are just going about committing arson and looting stores.

A large number of army personnel are present but are mere spectators.

Police stations and the Department of National Security - Mabath Mamn Al Dawala – were the main targets of attack and have been burned to the ground.

Anybody found connected to either of these organisations were attacked as well.

Unconfirmed reports of deaths were emanating this morning.

Hundereds of youth attacked houses of the rich, many of whom had already fled.

Entire neighbourhoods, including mine, are locked down and being manned by men from the area itself. In fact, it is these local militias that are keeping us safe.

Fear has gripped residents who are keeping children indoors. All apartment blocks and shops are locked and many shop-keepers have moved stocks to their houses.

People are seen desperately stocking up on supplies as they do not seen an end to the crisis any time soon.

Ibrahim Ahmed, 16, came from a village to Kafr El Sheikh to attack Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Speaking to this website he said: “The NDP stole from Egypt for 30 years. I had no future. The future started now.”

Saeed Rashad, another one of the men who attacked the National Security Building said: “This place was a state inside a state. We need Mubarak to go. We do not accept any of his appointments.”

A protestor Mohammed Dayoumi added: “We need to root out Mubarak who humiliated us.
Demonstrations will continue until all of them have gone. No reshuffle will be accepted.”

There are also many women demonstrators who attacked buildings connected to the NDP.

Mobile communication is intermittent and the internet is still down in the North.

Mohamed Atta, Egyptian Islamic terrorist and one of the ringleaders in planning the September 11 attacks comes from Kafr El Sheikh.

The city is home to agriculture and agri-related industries.