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.”
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Now is ‘right time’ for Catalonia independence vote, says Mas | euronews, world news
- 3Vatican rocked by another paedophilia scandal | euronews, world news
- 4Two container ships collide on Egypt’s Suez Canal | euronews, no comment
- 5British Muslims’ message to ISIL: Not in my name! | euronews, world news
- 6Revealed: Europe’s capital cities where it’s hardest to be a foreigner | euronews, world news
- 7Sweden becomes first European nation to recognise Palestine | euronews, world news
- 8European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 9International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 10How nasheeds became the soundtrack of jihad | euronews, world news
- 11Iceland volcano ‘pollutes Paris’ | euronews, world news
- 12Ebola: Six new suspected cases in Spain | euronews, world news
- 13Learning through “serious games” | euronews, learning world
- 14Mike Tyson: ‘You learn humbleness when you get older in life’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 15International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 16US says ISIL makes $1 million-a-day selling oil – even to enemies | euronews, world news
- 17US delivers technical aid to Ukraine but warns over security | euronews, world news
- 18euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 19Global warming to ‘cause 250,000 extra deaths a year’ | euronews, world news
- 20All you need to know about the Ebola virus | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 18:25 CET Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali
- 17:22 CET On eve of poll, Ukraine leader seeks support for pro-Europe course
- 17:16 CET Canada’s Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting
- 16:46 CET Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms in Rome
- 16:37 CET Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, two soldiers killed
- 16:17 CET U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq – U.S. Central Command
- 16:14 CET In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters
- 15:52 CET Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State