Four days of protests by tens of thousands of people have brought rioting crowds to set fire to the Ruling Party Headquarters in Cairo. The blaze, set Friday, January 28, 2011, has led to worries that President Mubarak’s Egyptian government may be overthrown. A revolution in Egypt threatens stability in Middle East and may have repercussions in the United States.
In a statement tonight, President Obama urged the Egyptian government to refrain from using violence against the demonstrators, and to stop blocking public access to cell phone service and internet access.
“I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters," Obama said.
In a statement earlier today, Mubarak said he would replace his cabinet by Saturday and begin enacting reforms, in an effort to end the rioting.
Thus far, Mubarak remains in control of Egypt. However, if the military is unable to control the crowds without excessive force, the government is likely to tumble, according to MSNBC.
Most of the Egyptian protesters are under the age of thirty.