Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Cairo to call for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-rule. Some news agencies claim there are as many as two million people in the streets of the Egyptian capital.
Many started walking to the city’s Tahrir Square before a curfew had been lifted boosted by the army’s announcement that it would not fire on peaceful protesters.
President Mubarak has overhauled his cabinet and promised reforms but despite that, those gathering only wanted one thing.
‘‘I’m here to send Hosni Mubarak a message. If you love your nation you must leave power because the people demand it, and the entire population detest you,’‘ one man said.
‘‘My voice is like the voice of all the people. We’re demanding the departure of Hosni Mubarak. This is our first and essential demand. There’s too much corruption in Egypt and all those in charge are thieves who haven’t been judged,’‘ said another protester.
The embattled president has given no indication he intends to quit but political analysts are talking not if, but when and how. Our correspondent in Cairo, Mohamed Elhamy says: ‘‘Today’s protest is a big test for the leadership. If the demonstration is successful it will be considered a total failure for Mubarak’s regime.’‘