Protesters are still in place in Cairo’s city centre. Some are getting ready to go home to rest for a couple of hours and then return to the streets.
In Abdel Monein Riad Square, just behind Tahrir Square and close to the Egyptian museum, a group of five women have camped out in a deserted bus shelter. They spent the night there in the section reserved for women. They are aged between 15 and 57 and come from Medinat al-Salam in the centre of the capital.
“We are so happy,” says 50-year old Fatima, who has come with her daughter and friends. “I’m really glad to have come and help rid Egypt of oppression.”
“We support the young people here and their demands,” says her daughter, who is looking for work after her studies in literature at university.
The women are going home to rest and change clothes.
“We’re definitely coming back,” says Fatima. “We’ll be here for ‘Goodbye Friday.’“ As for the youths in the streets, they are not leaving, even temporarily.
And what of Mubarak’s speech yesterday? “Rejected” says Fatima. “He’s taking the Mickey out of us. It’s just words to gain a bit of time. No, he has to leave.”
But who should replace him?
“We need someone who is fair. We are Muslims. We cannot continue living like this, with a corrupt president.”
Moïna Fauchier Delavigne,
Euronews’ special correspondent in Cairo
Cairo protesters ready to stay in the streets