With the disappearance of police on the streets, many Egyptians have had to fend for themselves amid reports of looting.
Residents have formed their own neighbourhood watch groups, to ensure that thieves and vandals do not take advantage of the unrest.
One man said: “We’re the ones protecting the country. The people we caught were a police officer and a soldier stealing from a jewellery shop. You can ask the military. Today at least five policemen were caught looting.”
Even the army sent out a message to the public to organise their own local protection groups.
A petrol station manager said: “The country is very close to collapse. There is no food and no drink. What shall we do now? People will starve if the riots and looting continue.”
A woman shopper said: “We haven’t felt safe for days. Where’s our security? Where’s our country’s government? It’s expected to protect the people. Where is it? The army can’t do everything. Plotters and looters are all around and you can work out what they’re up to. We haven’t slept for days.”
Police say they have arrested some 500 people across Cairo on charges of looting, arson and vandalism.
Euronews spoke to an Egyptian newspaper journalist covering the mass rally in Tahrir Square.
Mohamed El Dahshan, a journalist with the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, said: “They have several banners which are saying the same thing, and a lot of people told me the same thing…that they are not going anywhere until he (Mubarak) leaves. The banners read: “We are not leaving before he does”.
“The people are hoping for something to happen within the next few days now. There is no going back, however these protests end. The momentum here is that people are shaking almost their hands … starting to say congratulations in one sense, while there are others saying we are just getting started.
“That is exactly how it feels. People are quite excited but they realise that the immediate demands of the end of the regime and the removal of Mubarak are really nothing but the beginning of rebuilding of an Egypt that we can all belong to.
“There is definitely this excitement but people realise that there is still a long way to go. Egypt will never be the same after these protests. Definitely.”
- 1Newly-released video alleges Turkey is sending weapons to Syria
- 2Ukraine’s former resort city of Shyrokine is now a ghost town
- 3Nigeria: Buhari inaugurated in first democratic transfer of power
- 4Greece designs new two-euro coin amid fears of Grexit
- 5Blatter re-elected for fifth term as FIFA president
- 1Myanmar refuses sole responsibility in Rohingya migrant crisis
- 2Russia ‘amassing artillery’ near border with eastern Ukraine, reports suggest
- 3Greece designs new two-euro coin amid fears of Grexit
- 4Putin classifies Russian troop deaths during peacetime a state secret
- 5Nigeria: Buhari inaugurated in first democratic transfer of power
- 1Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin | euronews, world news
- 2Chomsky says US is world’s biggest terrorist | euronews, the global conversation
- 3euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 4Nepal: ‘equally big earthquakes coming in eastern regions,’ expert tells euronews | euronews, world news
- 5It’s a girl: Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge gives birth in London | euronews, world news
- 6Juncker to Hungarian PM Orban: “Hello, Dictator!”
- 7Evidence of ancient wine found in Georgia a vintage quaffed some 6,000 years BC
- 8Exclusive: unrest in FYR Macedonia could hit other Balkan countries warns Serbian PM | euronews, world news
- 9International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 10International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 11Portuguese language reform law goes global | euronews, world news
- 12EU membership remains Serbia’s priority, says PM Aleksandar Vucic | euronews, the global conversation
- 13How Nepal earthquake devastated Kathmandu’s UNESCO heritage | euronews, world news
- 14Spanish voters punish mainstream parties in local and regional elections
- 15Spain: the viral soldiers fighting in Madrid and Barcelona mayoral races | euronews, world news
- 16Recharging without cables: the road ahead for electric cars
- 17We will not be moved! China’s urban spread resistance [PHOTOS]
- 18Watch: France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen clashes with UKIP MEP Woolfe | euronews, world news
- 19Andrea Ferrari: the graphene guru | euronews, science
- 20How World War II shaped modern Poland | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 10:05 CET Migrant boat seized off Myanmar still at sea a day later
- 09:08 CET Bulgarian central bank governor says he is prepared to step down
- 08:29 CET U.S. defence chief says China’s island-building erodes security
- 05:16 CET Mexico lawmakers demand president detail wealth after…
- 02:25 CET U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens
- 01:20 CET Multi-vehicle crash in Egypt kills 16, including conscripts -…
- 00:48 CET Video shows Canada Parliament gunman praying before attack
- 00:14 CET Venezuela blocks Latam ex-presidents from seeing detained leaders