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EGYPT: An anti-government demonstrator explains why Mubarak must go [Video]

February 5, 2011 | 10:35 am


In video footage captured at Tahrir Square on Thursday morning, Egyptian anti-government demonstrator Salma Said explains why President Hosni Mubarak must step down and what government policies protesters camping out in Tahrir want out the door.

"I have lived all my life and I haven't seen a president but Mubarak," says the 20-something Said. "All of us suffer from his regime ... the emergency law, the injustice and inequality, and the police brutality --  it's the thing that affects us as young the most." 

On the topic of police brutality, Said gives the example of 28-year old Egyptian Khaled Said, who allegedly died at the hands of the police in Alexandria last year and has become a symbol for anti-government demonstrators.

Said says she is proud of how far the protesters have been able to push their demands, but stresses that there is still much left to do until Egypt is restored.

"I am proud at this point but our job isn't over yet. We still have a lot to do," she said.

The segment was the second interview filmed as part of an upcoming documentary "Zero Silence," about young people in the Middle East who are tired of the authoritarian regimes they live under, and who are using the Internet to aid them in creating change.

-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Video: Protester Salma Said speaks out. Credit: YouTube / Zero Silence Project