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Cairo calms, but holds breath

Cairo calms, but holds breath
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The dust has settled in Cairo after earlier clashes between police and anti-government protesters.

But the air is still heavy with tension and it is clear that this chapter in Egypt’s history is far from over.

All the signs now point to the ruling party finally bowing to pressure from the streets and engaging the public and their demands.

“We have to stick to the law, to allow people to express their opinions and to feel their freedom. They are free to express their demands and we are here to meet their needs,” said Secretary General of the National Democratic Party, Safwat El Sherif

But those demands appear to be quite clear: after days of unrest, the public and opposition want nothing less than to see the back of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.

“The government is doing the same thing it’s done for 30 years and we won’t wait another 30 years. We don’t want Mr. Safwat El Sherif, much less those that look like him. All he needs to do now is give us our rights, rights which we will grab ourselves with our own hands,” said Ayman Nour, El Ghad Party leader

The clashes that have plagued Cairo and the Sinai region in the last few days are now piling pressure on the government.

And the heavy security presence is a constant reminder that the political landscape could shift at any moment.