Article updated with news of Mubarak's television appearance requesting the resignation of his government's Cabinet.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appeared on television Friday for the first time since riots calling for his ouster broke out earlier this week and asked his government's Cabinet to resign. According to published reports, Mubarak didn't mention stepping down himself and expressed support for the efforts of security forces to disperse the protesters, saying he was "on the side of freedom." Tens of thousands of demonstrators have filled the streets of Cairo and other parts of Egypt as the anti-government riots raged on despite the overnight curfew imposed by Egyptian officials. The military is working with the police to enforce the ban. The latest reports from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times said the ruling party headquarters in Cairo had been burned down by protesters defying the curfew. The New York Times said an attack on the U.S. embassy in the country had been thwarted.
|Egyptian protesters shout in front of anti-riot policemen who block a bridge in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday.|