While You Were Sleeping

by Matthew Shaffer

Here’s what’s happened in Egypt.

1. Mubarak has left Cairo. He flew with his family to the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. 

2. The Supreme Council of the military once again convened and this time issued a statement guaranteeing free and fair elections. Some have interpreted this as meaning that the military has effectively taken control in Egypt.

3. Today’s protests are enormous, and have extended outside Tahrir Square. Protesters are reportedly marching on the presidential palace now. They are calling today “Farewell Friday.”

4. The labor element of the protests has expanded. Striking workers have effectively shut down public transportation in Egypt now.