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Euronews correspondent describes Tahrir Square

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Euronews correspondent describes Tahrir Square


Euronews correspondent Luis Carballo has spent the day in Tahrir Square in Cairo and has seen for himself what is happening in Egypt right now. The anti-government demonstrators continue to defy calls from the authorities to disperse.

Luis Carballo:
That’s right. They are really well organised. We’ve spent most of the day in the square and I can tell you they are very well organised. They even have a field hospital set up. Food supplies are no problem, there is plenty of bread. There are people selling mineral water. They have enough supplies to last them, for at least a week if need be.

Carlos Rayon in Lyon:
What is it like for journalists now? Can you talk us through what happened to you yesterday?

Luis Carballo

Things have been a lot easier today, even if they are by no means perfect. To be honest with you, the army made things much easier for us, the soldiers helped us get through the roadblocks and we weren’t hassled like in previous days.

The problem has not been with the army, but with Mubarak’s supporters. If you are unlucky enough to get stuck in the middle of a group of them, it can be unpleasant. That’s what happened to us yesterday.

We were arrested, they took our passports off us and handed us over to the military police. We were held in a police station for about an hour. We saw three other detainees who were Egyptian. We don’t know whether they were for or against Mubarak, but we saw them being beaten up by the police.

They were beaten up and then they were given electric shocks through electrodes attached to the neck and to the heart area. This went on for several minutes.

Carlos Rayon, Lyon

Luis, briefly, can you tell me what is happening elsewhere, apart from Tahrir Square? Everyone’s attention is focused there, but what are things like in other places?

Luis Carballo:

Our hotel is on the other bank of the Nile. There is a huge military presence over there and we have not seen any violence or unrest at all.

There is a much bigger military presence today. Soldiers have put up security cordons with check points every ten metres. This is even more obvious in places where some of the most violent clashes took place between pro and anti Mubarak protesters.

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