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Egyptians discuss their expectations on “Day of Departure”

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MOHAMMED EZZELDIN, EGYPTIAN ACTIVIST: First, after Tuesday speech of Hosni Mubarak and after the regime started to give some concessions, there was a slight [inaudible] demonstrators started to say that it’s time to stop here, the country’s getting stuck, with the economy’s getting deteriorated, and there is many problems, especially between people who are earning their money or earning their wages on a daily basis and people who didn’t get their salaries. So a number of people started to blame the people in Tahrir Square and trying to [inaudible] the responsibility of the recent crisis. And then I’m saying that they are asking for higher expectations while the country is getting through a crisis [inaudible] decreased slightly yesterday, Thursday. I would say that most of the people in the Tahrir Square are both–are working people, poor people, and youth, students, and activists. So still the [inaudible] who galvanized this demonstration’s still coherent and still working together. And what was really striking yesterday in Tahrir Square, that first the people are securing all the public and private properties inside the Square, basically the Egyptian Museum, which is protected by civilians and military troops [inaudible] well organized, well organized, and they are making a surprising–a force of solidarity between themselves. Regarding yesterday in Tahrir Square, that whenever they arrest somebody from the people who are supporting the regime or people working with the ruling party or the security, they will say /sEl."mi.j@.sEl."mi/, or it’s a peaceful demonstration, and they would arrest them in peaceful way as much as they can and prevent anybody from helping them. And they give them to the army, or put them aside of–get them out of the Square. Number three, I witnessed what happened yesterday, that three exits or three entrances to Tahrir Square was completely blocked and dominated by the thugs and police of the National Democratic Party, the ruling party, and they are preventing anything to–any ammunition to the square. And I’m quoting one of them, actually, who said, “We will prevent any piece of bread or a drop of water to go to those traitors,” so still feel that the people in Tahrir Square are responsible [for] the–this calamity, not the regime. And the people in Tahrir Square today are in need for a new solidarity. And I’m expecting that the number will increase today after Friday prayers. Solidarity will be spread all over the country. And hopefully we find a real change [inaudible] stemming from Tahrir Square.

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Mohammed Ezzeldin is a graduate of political science from Cairo University, and is doing his Masters' Degree in History at Georgetown University.