Cairo in Crisis:
It's being tagged the second Egyptian Revolution of 2011. What happened to the much fan-fared November Egyptian elections?
The elections are hanging in the balance, once again in limbo, until further notice.
Frustration about the army's commitment to the handover to civilian rule has built up in the last few months and fury has once again spilled over into streams of people flooding Tahrir Square to voice their grievances.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which took over from Mubarak on Feb. 11, wants to hand over day-to-day governance, but not til next year, and to retain general powers that could undermine civilian authority in the future.
The head of SCAF, Field Marshal Tantawi (being unflatteringly labeled the new Mubarak) says that the November 28 parliamentary elections will go ahead and that presidential elections will happen in July 2012. The idea of a referendum for that same scheduled day has been tossed about in addition. The cabinet headed by PM Essam Sharaf has had its resignation accepted by the SCAF forces that be.
The Tahrir crowd has not been appeased in reactions reminiscent of the mood in response to Mubarak's speeches earlier in the year.
The military council has defended itself against charges of excessive force on the protesting people and allegations of using noxious gases against the civilian population.
What the people want:
They want Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to step down immediately in favor of an interim civilian council.
True, the dictator has gone, but the system that he built and the political allies who he left behind in his wake have not gone anywhere, guaging by the people's experience since Mubarak swapped the seat of power for a hospital bed and a jury box.
Why has this protest become so 'deplorably' violent as the US puts it?
The military the old regime nurtured are still in power .There's been very little change in the personnel and the makeup of the police since the January revolution.
One could view this revolution as a resumption of the original January 25th effort for freedom and a new order that got waylaid by sectarian strife in the interim since the Mubarak successful ouster. This time round the tone is even more defiant as activists do not want the revolution still at hand since Janaruy, to lose sight of goals or get distracted by other agendas.
Like Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying next year or 2013 is not soon enough for a people who have waited years for change. He has since finally signed a leaving-soon pledge that will transfer power to his deputy within 30 days.
Egyptians want proof of their long fought revolution to appear today not tomorrow. Not 2012 or 2013, as Saleh formerly promised his own tribes of people.
Arabian protest temperatures soar and heat up despite the onset of winter. Back to Tahrir for the Egyptian Revolution Take 2.