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More than a one million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.
Protesters streamed into Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, among them people defying a government transportation shutdown to make their way from rural provinces in the Nile Delta. The peaceful crowd was jammed in shoulder to shoulder schoolteachers, farmers, unemployed university graduates, women in conservative headscarves and women in high heels, men in suits and working class men in scuffed shoes.
They sang nationalist songs and chanted the anti Mubarak Leave! Leave! as military helicopters buzzed overhead. Organizers said the aim was to intensify marches to get the president out of power by Friday, and similar demonstrations erupted in at least five other cities around Egypt.
Soldiers at checkpoints set up the entrances of the square did nothing to stop the crowds from entering.
The military promised on state TV Monday night that it would not fire on protesters answering a call for a million to demonstrate, a sign that army support for Mubarak may be unraveling as momentum builds for an extraordinary eruption of discontent and demands for democracy in the United States most important Arab ally.
is the end for him. It time, said Musab Galal, a 23 year old unemployed university graduate who came by minibus with his friends from the Nile Delta city of Menoufiya.
Mubarak, 82, would be the second Arab leader pushed from office by a popular uprising in the history of the modern Middle East.
The loosely organized and disparate movement to drive him out is fueled by deep frustration with an autocratic regime blamed for ignoring the needs of the poor and allowing corruption and official abuse to run rampant.
After years of tight state control, protesters emboldened by the overthrow of Tunisia president last month took to the streets on Jan. 25 and mounted a once unimaginable, relentless series of protests across this nation of 80 million people the region most populous country and the centre of Arabic language film making, music and literature.
Mubarak weakening hold on power has forced the world to plan for the end of a regime that maintained three dec hollister sale ades of peace with Israel and relative stability despite a powerful domestic Islamist terrorist threat, even as its human rights record was constantly criticized the gap between rich and poor widened.
Nearly half of Egypt 80 million p hollister sale eople live under or just above the poverty line set by the World Bank at $2 a day.
The protesters were more organized than on previous days. Volunteers wearing tags reading People Security circulated through the crowds, saying they were watching for government infiltrators who might try to instigate violence.
will throw out anyone who tries to create trouble, one announced over a loudspeaker. Other volunteers joined the soldiers at the checkpoints, searchi hollister sale ng bags of those entering for weapons. Organizers said the protest would remain in the square and not attempt to march to avoid frictions with the military.
Two dummies representing Mubarak were hung from traffic lights. On their chests was written: want to put the murderous president on trial. Their faces were scrawled with the Star of David, an allusion to many protesters feeling that Mubarak is a friend of Israel, still seen by most Egyptians as their country archenemy more than 30 years after the two nations signed a peace treaty.
Sahar Ahmad, a 41 year old school teacher and mother of one, said she has taught for 22 years and still only makes about $70 a month.
are 120 students in my classroom. That more than any teacher can handle, said Ahmad. me, change would mean a better education system I can teach in and one that guarantees my students a good life after school. If there is democracy in my country, then I can ask for democracy in my own home. Adly, a driver of one of the thousands of minibuses that ferry commuters around Cairo, said he was sick of the daily humiliation he felt from police who demand free rides and send him on petty errands, reflecting the widespread public anger at police high handedness.
would force me to share my breakfast with them force me to go fetch them a newspaper. This country should not just be about one person, the 30 year old lamented, referring to Mubarak.
Among the older protesters there was also a sense of amazement after three decades of unquestioned control by Mubarak security forces over the streets.
could never say no to Mubarak when we were young, but our young people today proved that they can say no, and I 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 nights. Train services nationwide were suspended for a second day and all bus services between cities were halted.
All roads in and out of the flashpoint cities of Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura and Fayoum were also closed.
The officials said thousands of protesters gathered in Alexandria, Suez, the southern province of Assiut, the city of Mansoura north of Cairo, and Luxor, the southern city where some 5,000 people protested outside its iconic Ancient Egyptian temple on the east bank of the Nile.
Normally bustling, Cairo streets outside Tahrir Square had a fraction of their normal weekday traffic.
Banks, schools and the stock market in Cairo were closed for the third working day, making cash tight. Long lines formed outside bakeries as people tried to replenish their stores of bread, for which prices were spiraling.
An unprecedented shutdown of the Internet was in its fifth day after the last of the service providers abruptly stopped shuttling Internet traffic into and out of the country.