- Title: EGYPT: Protesters camp out at night in Tahrir Square
- Date: 2nd February 2011
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (FEBRUARY 1, 2011) (REUTERS) PAN OF CROWDS IN TAHRIR SQUARE AT NIGHT TOP VIEW OF THE CROWDS VARIOUS TOP VIEW OF THE CROWDS IN TAHRIR SQUARE VARIOUS OF TOP VIEW OF PROTESTERS CARRYING EGYPTIAN FLAG TOP VIEW OF TENTS SET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF TAHRIR SQUARE VARIOUS OF TENTS IN TAHRIR SQUARE BANNER NEXT TO HANGING EFFIGY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PROTESTER MAGDI SAYING: "We are staying here until he leaves. We are here until he leaves. We are not going home until he leaves. We are not going to work until he leaves. He must leave." BANNER IN GERMAN CALLING FOR " FREEDOM FOR OUR LAND , MUBARAK TO STAND DOWN" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CAMPING IN TENTS IN THE SQUARE
- Embargoed: 17th February 2011 12:00
- Location: Egypt, Egypt
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAEIY2476KFIQETI1TMA10TC1FZ
- Story Text: At least one million people rallied across Egypt on Tuesday (February 1), clamouring for President Hosni Mubarak to give up power and piling pressure on a leader who has towered over Middle East politics for 30 years to make way.
The 82-year-old former general was reported to have heard a similar message from U.S. President Barack Obama, until now a staunch supporter of a military-backed administration that has been an Arab ally against radical Islam and a friend to Israel.
Thousands of protesters remained in Tahir Square where banners asking for Mubarak's resignation could be seen even in German.
The president was reported to be planning a broadcast offering to stand down in a few months -- well short of protesters' demands.
The New York Times quoted U.S. diplomats as saying that Obama urged the Egyptian leader specifically not to seek a sixth term in office at an election due in September.
That will not satisfy many of those on the streets who want Mubarak and his ruling party to step aside immediately.
Some of the protesters set up a camp, promising they will stay at the square until Mubarak steps down.
"We are staying here until he leaves. We are here until he leaves. We are not going home until he leaves. We are not going to work until he leaves. He must leave," said a protester called Magdi.
Crowds also demonstrated in Alexandria, Suez and in the Nile Delta in the eighth and biggest day of protests by people fed up with what they say is years of repression, corruption and economic hardship.
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