Breaking: Mubarak Turns Egypt Free, Army Makes 3rd Statement Accepting Power
Free at Last, Free at last, oh Lordy, free at last! The statement read by Omar Suleiman was about as short and certainly less dramatic. The stoic vice president of Egypt read a statement indicating Hosni Mubarak had left office and he had appointed the military to take command.
Exhausted activists after Mubarak refused to step down
The explosion from the crowd two seconds later was a deafening cheer which could be heard many blocks away. People were jumping up and down, tears falling from their cheeks, laughing, many in disbelief at what had transpired.
"We were depressed and deflated and wondering how long it will take. The division between good and evil was so clear. Here we are!" said one activist on Al Jezeera.
Tent City from Al Jezeera Live Feed
"It has been like a crash course of what the democratic process is like.""It has been an absolute roller coaster ride! That premature victory last night ..." Al Jazeera reporter Jacky Rowland said. "Then the crushing speech by Hosni Mubarak last night. Now, on the square, an eruption of triumph, the fact people have lost their lives, and yet the words I hear in Cairo, "Freedom", and "justice" we want to put Mubarak on trial."
Despite the streets flooding with people, the military delivered bad news this morning. A stern officer said the military would not intervene and out mubarak, which was following the letter of the constitution. Mubarak did not have the power to crush the protest without military intervention, which had been declined early in the revolution. The protesters did not have the power to oust the government without violence. The Egyptian military held an important key.
The roar emanating from Liberation Square remained on par with a demonstration common in a football game after a touch down, only the cheering continued more than an hour and a half after the Suleimon announcement. People who have been prisoners of what they claim is a corrupt state which used its police to protect the perpetrators of violence and greed had their first taste of freedom. It cost lives, most recently 300 people were slaughtered in the square, including a fifteen year old boy recently buried.
After stubborn words by Mubarak last night, the resolve of 50 demonstrators 18 days ago turned into the iron will of 20 million people who poured into the streets in cities across Egypt. The power of twitter and the internet circumvented government censors.Continued on the next page