Preparing for the long haul in Tahrir Square

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Preparing for the long haul in Tahrir Square

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Promising to go in the autumn, President Hosni Mubarak seems to have ruled out leaving immediately.

But so do the demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

In fact, if anything, they seem to be settling in for the long haul.

Friends and relatives have brought food for the thousands of people who have set up camp.

Stalls and first aid posts have been set up around the perimeter of the square – just behind the barricades. People are snatching sleep wherever and whenever they can.

But protester fatique, and not just in the literal sense, may turn out to be the biggest problem here.

The demonstrations are already affecting the economy and have driven up the price of staple food.

But after 30 years of Mubarak’s rule, people in Tahrir Square say they are determined not to lose sight of their ultimate goal of a more fair and open society.