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Mubarak's "coffin" carried around Tahrir Square

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Mubarak's "coffin" carried around Tahrir Square


The symbolism was clear. Protesters in Tahrir Square have held a mock funeral for their president.

They carried a makeshift coffin around the square at shoulder height. Their jubilation was evident.

Before engulfing Egypt, this wave of unrest broke out in Tunisia and that country’s flag is now held aloft in the square in solidarity.

The winds of political change are blowing, but not strongly enough for some.

“A few resignations are not enough,” said one woman. “All of them have to go, otherwise what’s the point? Mubarak wants to see out his term, but that gives him months to do what he likes.”

Many are refusing to leave the square until their demand is met and Mubarak steps down from office.

“There will be no negotiating unless the president goes. No one here will talk before he’s gone,” was the opinion of another protester.

Mubarak says he will stay on until the election due in the Autumn, but the protesters’ message is clear.

Reporting from Tahrir Square, euronews correspondent Mohammed Elhamy said nothing has changed. The protesters want the government to resign while, on a political level, attempts are being made to resolve the stand-off through dialogue.

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