Al Jazeerah has confirmed reports that the Egyptian army has been deployed onto the streets of the capital as the internal security forces have been overwhelmed across the country. The protesters seem to be optimistic that the army is going to side with them. Things are moving fast.
curfew in 20 minutes. decisive moment.
Everything hinges on the military. When you look at regime change in Iran, Poland, East Germany and most recently in Tunisia, regime change is always preceded by the military either backing the protesters or simply returning to barracks. When the military withdraws its support that usually sends the security police running for their lives. If the army remains loyal to Mubarak, the old duffer could still be forced out by a rival from within his own party. Fortunately this probably ensures that Mubarak’s plans for his son’s succession are in the ditch.
Still no indication which way the army is going.