As hundreds of thousands of red, white and black Egyptian flags flew in Tahrir Square, the focus of the so-called ‘Nile Revolution’, protesters eagerly awaited the president’s speech and his anticipated resignation.
When it became clear Mubarak was to remain in office the mood in Tahrir Square changed and anger took hold: “If he really loved the people, he would step down, resign, but it appears he is going to stay. So we’ll march to the presidential palace,” said one man, while another expressed his frustration: “Since all this started he plays the same game. Everytime he gives a speech, he makes us angry. We will pray later and there will be 10 million of us.”
Our correspondent in Cairo Mohammed Abdel Azim believes Friday’s protests will mark a tipping point: “The protesters say that handing powers to Suleiman is simply not enough. For them, Friday is D-day. They will descend on the presidential palace.”