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If you can read that without getting chills, you're a heartless bastard.2010 GMT: The chant from Tahrir Square in Cairo as the crowd await President Mubarak's speech on the large-screen TVs which have been set up: "Freedom! May God make it happen! May it be tonight!"
I think this is a good article:
BBC News - Cairo: Relaxed crowd, stern message
Regarding successors:On a street corner I met Sama Sadurhi, the dapper-looking former Egyptian ambassador to Sweden.
"We need pressure from America and Europe to make Mubarak go," he told me. "The West always talks about human rights. Now is the time for Obama to say: leave. All people here are against him."
Alla, from Cairo, put it more bluntly.
"We do not hate America," he told me. "But we have spent 30 years under the boot of Mubarak. If America continues to support Mubarak we will hate America."
They're right, you know. And we should give them verbal and UN support in doing so."We do not support ElBaradei," another man told me.
"We have made these events ourselves. We own this. We will choose our own leaders ourselves, not have them imposed on us by others."
BBC's Kim Ghattas reports:
I just spoke to a senior U.S. official, who confirmed that Frank Wisner met President Mubarak and told him he should not seek re-election or put forward his son, Gamal, as his successor. The Americans are now waiting for an answer. However, the official also said that even if Mr Mubarak did not seek re-election, it was no longer enough. My understanding is that although they have not gone back to Mr Mubarak to say he must stand down immediately, they are hoping he has figured that out on his own.
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Mubarak has announced that he's not going to run in the next elections.
That doesn't mean that the Egyptians are going to have a Democracy of course, simply that the dictator would not be Mubarak anymore.
Mubarak being as old as he is, that was bound to happen anyway, but the change that has occurred due to this revolting is that his son will not be the one to continue his regime.
I wonder if the protests are going to end now.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <