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Millions demonstrate in Egypt on 'departure day' for Mubarak

Issue No. 2237

Vast numbers of protesters have again filled the streets across Egypt to demand an end to Hosni Mubarak and his regime. By the middle of the day, Al-Jazeera was reporting that around one million were crammed into Tahrir Square in Cairo and the surrounding area.

In Alexandria two huge demonstrations, one half a million strong and the other of hundreds of thousands, were converging in the centre of the city. Reports of massive protests were coming in from Luxor in the far south, across the Delta and to the coast. The attacks in recent days by regime thugs on the protesters in Tahrir Square and on foreign journalists have not deterred people from getting out in huge numbers today.

An Egyptian socialist, now in Tahrir Square, told Socialist Worker:

“There are hundreds of thousands of people here. They have come from all over Cairo and all over Egypt. They are chanting the same slogans, ‘Down with the regime’, ‘the people demand the downfall of Mubarak’, ‘Go, go, go’. People came in huge numbers to respond to the attacks yesterday on the protestors.

“No one is working today. They are saying there are eight million in the streets. Companies have just closed down because their workforce is marching.

“Activists from the Muslim Brotherhood are here too, with socialists and the other opposition parties. All the opposition parties are focusing on the transitional period because people think that Mubarak must fall today or tomorrow. Today we are stopping and searching state security officers. The people are in charge of security now. Everyone is saying we will stay until the regime falls.”

Mohamed is also in Tahrir Square. He sent us this report:

“We walked from Azhar mosque to Tahrir Square, we were afraid of militias who were targeting foreign media yesterday. I had to leave my camera at home. The army tried to stop us from getting there, but then a huge demo came and we followed them to Tahrir. The square is completely barricaded by the protesters, they checked our ID and frisked us at least five times. Tahrir is already full, although people have not joined yet from Friday prayers. There was a festive mood when we arrived, people chanting the anti-Mubarak slogans and songs, and the giant screens.”

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