Egyptian protests continue
More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday.
They sang nationalist songs, danced, beat drums and chanted the
anti-Mubarak slogan “Leave! Leave! Leave!” as military helicopters
Soldiers surround an unidentified Muslim cleric, center in white, in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city’s main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.
Every protester had their own story of why they came - with a shared
theme of frustration with a life pinned in by corruption, low wages,
crushed opportunities and abuse by authorities.
“We could never say no to Mubarak when we were young, but our young
people today proved that they can say no, and I’m here to support them,”
said Yusra Mahmoud, a 46-year-old school principal who said she had been
sleeping in the square alongside other protesters for the past two