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EGYPT: Streets grew quiet as President Hosni Mubarak spoke


Egyptians had been waiting most of the day to hear President Hosni Mubarak address the mass protests rocking Cairo and other cities.

Some hoped to hear about massive reforms. Others wondered whether Mubarak would step down. The moment came early Saturday, when a somber faced Mubarak, in black suit and tie, appeared on state television.

For just a moment, the protest near the October 6 Bridge in Cairo's center ground to a halt. Cars stopped in the middle of the road. People came running from all directions, crowding around radios to hear what Mubarak would say.

When he announced that he would replace the government, loud cheers erupted, drivers honked their horns and protesters waved their arms in victory. But when the president ended his speech shortly thereafter, without announcing any of the major reforms most had hoped for, the disappointment was palpable.

Chants for Mubarak to resign resumed. Protesters returned to the street in defiance of the state-ordered curfew. Rather than calm the tensions, his speech seemed only to energize the crowd, and it wasn’t long before smoke and tear gas choked the streets again.

— Edmund Sanders in Cairo


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Image: Egypt President Hosni Mubarak addresses the nation in Cairo on Friday. Credit: Nile TV

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Some say money and religion is the root to all problems in the world, but I believe egoism plays a greater part.
Yet another example here with Mubarak - he will do what ever needed to stay in charge cause he does not want to loose his power, rank, advantages and so on.

He is like most people thinking about themselves first, second and third.

Power to the People!!! Good luck to the People of Egypt...someone in Africa has to set an example. These corrupt Leaders take us for granted.

This is only the early stages of a period of rapid change that will sweep the globe. There are things afoot that most are unaware of. Read this recent press release for some enlightening insights.

The head in sand pose may temporarily hide danger from the ostrich, but the hungry lion has no misconceptions about the truly dire nature of that bird's predicament.

energised indeed

It's a pity that the leaders are not capable of giving the people what they want. sometimes it seems like they purposely dont want things to move forward. Hopefully some good reforms will come to Egypt.


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