Egypt: Chants getting Louder in Tahrir Square

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

Egyptians from all walks of life have been chanting for an end of the Mubarak regime, as Egypt braces itself for the 11th day of massive protests.

Today is being dubbed as Departure Friday or Final Friday, and millions are being roused to march to the streets to bring down Mubarak's regime after the noon Friday prayers. People are already in Tahrir Square, Cairo, and the chants have never been louder.

The drama continues to unfold on our television screens and social media, despite attempts by a desperate government to muzzle free voices around the world. Yesterday saw unprecedented attacks by the government on political activists, human rights defenders and the international media, drawing an international outcry. In the dark of the night, we held our breath expecting the worse from a regime which has shown us all that it would stoop to the lowest most despicable levels to terrorise Egyptians calling for change and aspiring to better lives. Stories of government-paid thugs wrecking havoc continued to dominate our time lines, as the death toll and injuries continued to pile up.

Back in Tahrir, the mood seems jubilant, with Mubarak's thugs at bay.

Ayman Mohyeldin tweets:

Festive and Celebratory atmosphere that marked the days of the protest b4 Pro-mubarak peeps attacked is back in

Journalist Abbas Al Lawati, who's travelled from Dubai, UAE, is in the midst of the crowds and tweets:

Just got to Tahrir sq. 3 chains of defence. Was checked for ID six times, patted down 4 times

And activist and blogger Malek, announced on his Twitter account that he would be is live streaming the protests from Tahrir Square on bambuser.

Here's another scene from the protests from YouTube:

Translation via Adam:

“Alaa Mubarak, who demands royalties on every business he commissions, And they say he repented but he's stuffing his face with meat (kebab), Guess It's his daddy's money. Money does what it wants, While people became dirty poor, No to Mubarak No to Sulieman, To hell with tyranny. We want a civil state, Not for sect or religious ideology (x2), Not for sects or for bandits!”

Others are taking a short break and returning to Tahrir after the Friday prayers:

going to sleep for 2 hrs , then heading to Tahrir ISA after el Gom3ah [Friday] prayer

Raafat continues:

People from all over are heading to #Tahrir . Alexandria on the other hand will rock today #egypt #jan25

And support continues to mount. From Bahrain, Eyad Al Malood is adding an Egypt Uprising Twibbon to show his solidarity.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Egypt, where the time now is just past 11am.

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

1 comment

  • This is only gonna get worse. Things are about to change dramatically. We will be in a world war unlike the previous 2 from the 20th century. It will be a century long world war. Everyone needs to prepare themselves.The Muslim Brotherhood has been touted by experts as the possible next ruling party of Egypt. Some label them as a radical islamist group, others say they’re a moderate movement that respects democracy.

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