January 31st, 2011
09:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Egyptian Army says 'No Violence' Against the People

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anderson is reporting live from Cairo, Egypt tonight. He'll have the latest developments from Egypt's capital city. Protesters remain in  Tahrir Square where they're  demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign, but at this point he's ignoring those calls.

Tomorrow could be a critical day in Egypt. Demonstrators are organizing what they're calling a "march of millions."

In preparation of that march, Egyptian security forces have placed concrete barriers in strategic locations. We've also learned that Noor Group, an Internet service provider, has been shut down. This takes the country offline. The government is also planning to shut down mobile phone networks before the march.

The Egyptian army said there will be "no violence" against the people.

"We reassure the armed forces are a force of stability and security for this great nation. The protection of the people is one of its core values," said a military spokesman on state TV.

About 2,600 Americans are still trying to get out of Egypt tonight. Some 1,200 got on chartered flights today.

Anderson will talk with two Americans trying to get out. They say they're not getting much help from the U.S. embassy.

Anderson also got an exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who returned to his native Egypt last week as an opposition leader.

ElBaradei told Anderson that the United States needs to "let go" of its longtime ally.

"My message to President Obama, and, I have lots of respect for him, I worked with him, you know, in the last year of my tenure was at IAA and I have a lot of admiration for him, but I tell him, you need to review your policy, you need to let go of Mubarak, you shouldn't be behind the curve and you need to start building confidence with the people and not with the people who are smothering the people."

Join us for these angles and much more live from Egypt starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. ralph blair

    hope the u.s.stands tall to help the people of Egypt in their struggle we failed Iran not so long ago.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  2. Star from Houston, Texas

    I've been watching closely 2 the reports on the CNN News about Cairo, Egypt. My concern now, is the safety of my fiancee & his family, living in Alexandria, Egypt & also 4 all our US reporters & tourists still remaining in Egypt at this time. My prayers r with u all. My God see justice 4 Egypt & may he keep everyone safe from harm in today's protest without causing a war in Egypt. The internet & cellulars are down at this time, but I was able 2 get thru by calling my love's home phone line. I'm so glad their ok. Thank u, Anderson 4 bringing us the news live, may God be with u thru this difficult time in Egypt.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:22 am |
  3. Sandy

    Keep safe Anderson and staff.

    I am amazed at the Egyptian people who are protesting in the face of the a giant government. They are a brave courageous people who have made it clear what they don't want: Mubarak! There are no voices rising up for what they do want. What is an acceptable temporary replacement so as to avoid anarchy after Mubarak is ousted? I fear they could be over run by something/someone they haven't chosen.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  4. marilyn

    I'd like to know if any other country & US have thought about doing a food drop,for the people of Egypt if there food supply is so low.We should be backing the people. mubarak has nothing to govern without the people of Egypt behind him. Stay safe

    February 1, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  5. Theresa

    Anderson, be careful, it is going to be an explosive day. Mubarak will be out of reign.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  6. Samya

    Hi Anderson

    I hope the army keeps its words to not turn on the unarmed people. I really wish someone of those people surrounding Mubarak, takes it upon himself, and walks up to Mubarak and whispers in his ears that he needs to leave. Actually Mubarak is 82 years old man, who is out of touch, and clinking on his day job. last time I checked, Hmmm, let me see....Egypt is not a monarchy . He needs to leave-!!!!


    January 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  7. Chella

    Once all the dust has settled and Mubarek is gone, the question being asked especially in the U.S., is what next? Who's the leader? The fact that there are no viable opposition parties seems to make westerners nervous, because their system of politics is all that they understand. What's important is to trust these good people to prevent chaos, and to ensure that they are governed. A coalition of several prominent individuals could work as an interim government until an election is held. After all that they've been through I have no doubt that Egyptians will get it done, and that they will be able to cooperate with one another. Perhaps the partisan, bitter party infighting which characterizes American politics is NOT the way for Egyptians to go. They have the floor, so let's just watch rather than fretting that "there's no leader".

    January 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  8. Walid

    Mr. mobarek pls have democratic election and 100% no one will elected you. live the power in peace to others it will be good 4 all off the mid east and Africa.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Rania

    Anderson Cooper, Please expose to the world that the looting going on in Egypt is not from the protesters. They are plain clothes policemen and criminals that were let loose from the jails in Cairo. The regime is doing this to spread fear amongst Egyptians and to keep the protesters off the streets. Also, please expose the Egyptian chivalry and bravery. The ones protecting the streets now are the Egyptian people themselves. They are doing this in shifts and organizing themselves in the absence of law.
    Thank you

    January 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  10. Carla

    With chaos on the streets caused by criminals and escape prisoners, there is no way to filter out the bad from the good without the army being given some power to take control. In order to effectively provide protection for the citizens of Egypt, the residents must return to their homes and clear the streets allowing a representative to speak on their behalf. The country is at greater risk of danger if the military are overtaken by evil doers pretending to be their friends. They must be strong now... punish those who are committing crimes and protect the innocent. Use force if necessary to accomplish this.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  11. Kamal

    Anderson, Great job in coverage. Very fair and accurate coverage, as you always do. That however should not take any credit away from Ben, Nick, Iven. I am glued to the CNN. To be frank with you,I was torn between Aljazeera and CNN, but now The former is out, it is only CNN.
    Great and complete coverage. Keep up the good work

    January 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  12. Laila Hashem

    I need to tell Obama that Mubarak is using The Muslim Brotherhood threat to gain his support. It is actually a fake threat, The people do not want The Muslim Brotherhood and will never choose them. The people prooved that they have a say and they will choose the right person. the US need not to worry about that, We are a nation who wants to live in peace, we want to build our country and have a better future for our kids and we can do that, all we need is our freedom.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm |