The rallying to oust their president of the past three decades shows that ordinary Egyptians are seizing a chance to steer their own destiny. Students, the jobless, doctors, housewives, labourers, lawyers and farmers are united by hopes of a better future.
One protester in Cairo said: “The people of Egypt have taken to the streets in the greatest act of revolution in the country’s modern history, surpassing the revolution of 1919. It is no longer possible for Mubarak to stay in power. His intransigence makes no sense, unless it is to trigger a bloodbath.”
Another protester said: “I walked for more than four hours, from the very end of Elgiza, to tell Hosni Mubarak this: I have brought my own funeral cloth, either to live happily or to die!”
At least 140 people have been killed since demonstrations began one week ago, most in clashes between protesters and police. The army on Monday said that peaceful protests are legitimate.
Euronews correspondent Mohamed Elhamy reported: “The one demand in Tahrir (Liberty) Square is for this regime to fall. That seemed impossible only days ago, but today it seems within reach.”