Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 10

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Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) It's day 17 of our revolution. Can't help but feel how near the end has become. Very optimistic about tomorrow. #Jan25
Tamer El-Ghobashy (@TamerELG) Army officer takes the mic in #Tahrir says commanders of armed are meeting now and will return with announcement they support ppl's demands
NewsHour (@NewsHour) AP reports #Egypt President #Mubarak will address #Egypt today and "make an announcement that will satisfy their demands"

“Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's speech was seen by the demonstrators as a stunning surprise, and a bitter betrayal.” Charles M. Sennott, "Rage in Cairo" (FRONTLINE)

“To me, this speech is a reminder of how entrenched the powers that be are in Egypt. They have their entire way of life -- and billions of dollars -- at risk, and they're not going to go easily. My hunch is that at some point they'll throw Mubarak overboard, but even then they may then seek to maintain Mubarakism without Mubarak. This could get uglier. It will certainly be historic.” Nicholas Kristof, "The Pharaoh Refuses to Go" (The New York Times)

Video(Al Jazeera English) Defiant Mubarak Refuses to Resign
Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) Despite divided expectations, the one thing we've agreed upon is that whatever Mubarak says tonight, we'll NOT leave Tahrir.
arabist (@arabist) I've had a bottle of champagne in the fridge waiting since January 28th... I think I may finally get to drink it tonight.
monasosh (@monasosh) As mubarak says this hideous speech, ppl in tahrir square r powerfully chanting " down wt Mubarak" #Jan25
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) He's NOT stepping down it seems

“The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient.” President Barack Obama Statement on Egypt

“To watch Hosni Mubarak today in his late-night speech in Cairo, as he used every means of rhetorical deflection to delay his inevitable end, was to watch a man so deluded, so deaf to the demands of history, that he was incapable of hearing an entire people screaming in his ear.” David Remnick, "The Dictator is the Last to Know" (The New Yorker)

“Many I spoke to said it was the first time in their lives that they felt they had a voice, ideas, a part to play in the life of the country.” Yasmine El Rashidi, "This is Who Egyptians Are" (The New York Review of Books)

“We aim to achieve reform and rights for all: not just for the Muslim Brotherhood, not just for Muslims, but for all Egyptians. We do not intend to take a dominant role in the forthcoming political transition. We are not putting forward a candidate for the presidential elections scheduled for September.” Essam El-Errian, "What the Muslim Brothers Want" (The New York Times)

@Egyptocracy #Mubarak just portrayed to the world what 30 years in power does to a person. #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) I don't expect less than 10 million protesters on the streets of Egypt tomorrow.
Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now
benwedeman (@bencnn) I really don't think Egyptians are going to wait until Friday prayers to express their unhappiness.
Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) This pathetic speech migh've just pushed people to the edge now. Thousands calling for a march to presidential palace tomorrow. #Jan25
monasosh (@monasosh) We r heading to the TV building "Maspiro" join us now and circulate #Jan25
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) Omar Suleiman: O youth of Egypt, go back to your homes & your work. Don't listen to the satellite channels, only listen to your conscience
abuaardvark (@abuaardvark) Suleiman is making this worse. If that's even possible.
Thamer Saeed Salman (@ThamerSalman) The level of anger in #Tahrir is off the charts, the crowd won't wait till tomorrow. This is going to produce a very disturbing scene #Egypt
Ahmed Mekkawy (@linuxawy) Rage is extreme in alexandria #jan25
arabist (@arabist) No champagne.

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