Egypt: Liberation Square on Liberation Day

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

Yesterday I went to Tahrir Square (Liberation Square) twice, the first time was in the morning, before the resignation of Mubarak, which was right after his last speech the night before.

Egyptian blogger and singer, Nadya Shanab, wrote here how the speech and the Army's announcement that followed toyed with people's emotions.

Mubarak came out to address the nation last night and strong rumours were circulating everywhere that this was it, he was to announce his stepping down. News media all over the world speculated and several official sources were stating that he will while other said he wont, the whole world was confused.
Almost an hour late, Mubarak started his speech. He was not stepping down. The crowd was furious. They all booed and held up their shoes and chanted their demand for him to leave. Everyone felt deceived.
This morning the Army released a second announcement, stating that they would be siding with Mubarak to implement the changes to the constitution that he agreed to do based on the people's demands and to ensure that free and fair elections take place in September.

Disappointment was one of keywords that could describe how everyone felt after the speech. Raafatology wrote about the speech and how it wasn't any different from Mubarak's previous speeches. Each time people expected him to say something and he announces something else.

Another disappointing speech by Mubarak and his Vice President. Mubarak confirmed that he was not seeking another term like that was an option. He delegated all of his duties to a vice president who is as evil as himself.
Mubarak apologized for the people he had killed, but not for the people he is going to kill by choosing to stay in office.

He then wondered if Mubarak was just playing with one of his final cards.

I really don't know what is going on in his head! He thinks after such a pathetic speech, people will just leave Tahrir Square and return to their homes?

It seems that Amr Ezzat has read Raafatology's question and decided to answer his question in his own blog.

ملمس الأسفلت أمام مبنى ماسبيرو كان منعشا ليلة أمس.
بعد منتصف الليل، وخطاب مبارك المثير للشفقة أكثر من الإحباط، امتلأ ميدان التحرير عن آخره بشرا وغضبا. كان تقديرنا مبالغا لما تبقى من كرامة مبارك وتقديره للأمور، كنا نظنها تكفي لكي يستسلم لحقيقة أن له لم يعد الاستمرار ممكنا ويكفي هذا.
مبارك يرفض الاستسلام للحقيقة ولكنه ينحني أكثر فأكثر أمام الشارع، إذن: إلى الشارع
The ground in front of Maspiro building (The Egyptian national TV) felt really good last night.
After midnight, and after Mubarak's speech, that was more pathetic than disappointing, Tahrir Square was totally full of people and rage. We had over expectations for Mubarak's remaining dignity and ability to see how things are going on around him, we thought he had minimal dignity and wisdom to give in and accept the fact that he cannot stay any longer. Mubarak refuses to give in, but he's kneeling to the demands of the streets more and more: so let's stay in the streets then.

Tahrir Square was really full as Amr expected, but people were as silent as they've never been before. I stayed there for a while then I decided to go back home. On my way back, I passed by Maspiro. There were a few people demonstrating there. I felt their disappointment, but also I was sure that they will not stop till they achieve their goals and topple the regime. Later on, on my way to home, I heard the news coming from one of the radios nearby, Mubarak was finally forced to step down. I still couldn't believe it. I rushed to my home and tuned to as much news channels, tweets, and blogs as I could.

Tahrir Square, 11 February 2011
The Egyptian people celebrating in Tahrir Square after they forced Mubarak to step down.

Photo taken by Ramy Raoof under Creative Commons license

Happiness was everywhere in the Egyptian blogosphere, but each one decided to express his happiness his own way. Some like, Egyptian-Wish, were proud of what they've done, and looking forward to the future.

الحمد لله أني حاسس أني شاركت ولو بكلمة في بلوج
في رفع الظلم عن بلدي
يا رب ما فيش مصري يتسجن تاني علشان رأيه
يا رب ما فيش مصري يضرب في قسم بوليس
يا رب مافيش مصري يتاخد حقه بالغصب
يارب خلينا نعمل حكومة تبقي في خدمتنا ومش فوقنا
I'm thankful to God that I participated in fighting the unjust with at least one word in my blog.
I hope no more Egyptians will be imprisoned for their thoughts
I hope no more Egyptians will be tortured in police stations
I hope no more Egyptians will loose their rights
I am looking for a government that should be in our service, and not to be in its service.

Some others like Zeinobia were speechless.

I do not know what to write now , I do not know how to express my feeling except that I beg all the people in twitter and blogger , I do not deserve this praising , I am just a gal with her laptop whose first protest was last January 25 , 2011. “I could not even get to Al Tahrir , I came back to cover the battle from my home with laptop”
The true heroes are our martyrs who brought down Mubarak , who purified us from fear , silence and hypocrisy with their pure blood.

Some like Mohaly, and despite the torture and corruption, were sure that their dream will come true someday.

I have always believed in Egypt and have always loved her to the extent that some of my friends has mocked me for having its flag in my room, and national songs in my car, refusing job offers with triple my income in UK and Gulf areas, giving lectures for free, and even my work as VP of Nahdet El Mahrousa. But this mocking just gave more power, and Khaled Sa3eed's death was a turning point taken part in the revolution since the day Khaled Sa3eed died, and had I decided to speak up and not to be afraid.

And some others like Raafatology still cannot believe it.

I never thought I would live to see the date when we can say: Our Ex-President!!!!!!!!!

Later on, I decided that to go to Tahrir Square for the second time in row, but this time to celebrate with the people there. From the moment I stepped out of my home I realized that I don't have to wait till I reach the square to see the celebrations, as I can see them right in front of my house that is kilometres away from the square. All the way till I arrived to Tahrir Square people were chanting, dancing, and waving their flags. In the past decades the only thing that brought people to celebrate in the streets was football matches, but yesterday way more people were in the streets, way more happier, and celebration for a reason way more important than a football match.

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

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