Moments after President Hosni Mubarak infuriated the hundreds of thousands in Tahrir Square by refusing to stand down his deputy, vice-president Omar Suleiman, took to the airwaves and called for the country to unite and face the challenges ahead together, his speech was greeted by howls of derision.
Speaking on Egyptian state TV he said: “Go back to your businesses, because the country needs your strong arms to build, to restore and to innovate. Do not listen to those who want to create a civil war in Egypt and who want to disfigure our country. It is time to work. Let’s walk together, god and the people, with your ability to face all kind of obstacles, we will work together with a common spirit, an Egyptian spirit, which knows no fear.”
An offer no one on Tahrir Square seemed willing to accept.