Millions rally to oust Mubarak

(via eagainst) More than a million protesters flooded into central Cairo, turning Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital, into a sea of humanity as massive protests against President Hosni Mubarak swept across Middle East’s most populous nation. Packed shoulder to shoulder in and around the famed Tahrir Square, the mass of people on Tuesday held aloft posters denouncing the president, and chanted slogans “Go Mubarak Go” and “Leave! Leave! Leave!”

Similar demonstrations calling on Mubarak to step down were also witnessed across other cities, including Sinai, Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura, Damnhour, Arish, Tanta and El-Mahalla el-Kubra. Tens of thousands marched in Alexandria while the number of those protesting in Sinai was estimated to be around 250,000.

Tuesday’s protests were by far the biggest since street demonstrations broke out against Mubarak’s rule last week. “The crowd is very diverse – young, old, religious, men, women – and growing by the minute,” Al Jazeera’s online producer said from Tahrir Square. “They’re chanting the same slogans they’ve been chanting all week. Someone actually hung an effigy of Mubarak from a streetlight.” Organisers had called for a march by a million people on the day, but the turnout surpassed all expectations. Soldiers deployed at the square did nothing to stop the crowds from entering. Read more…


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  1. On January the 29nth, in London a group of protesters who were participating in the “Defend Education, Fight Every Cut” demonstration headed towards the Egyptian embassy to show solidarity with the streets in Cairo

    An eyewitness wrote the following lines:

    ” I’m downtown outside the offices of the government newspapers where hundreds are chanting ‘Mubarak, your plane is waiting’ and appealing for passers-by to join them, many of whom are taking up the offer.
    Ahmed Ashraf, a 26 year old bank analyst, told me this was his first protest, and that he had been inspired by events in Tunisia. ‘We are the ones controlling the streets today, not the regime,’ he said. ‘I feel so free – things can’t stay the same after this.’”

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