Rioting and mass demonstrations are continuing for a ninth day in Egypt, with protesters calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Mubarak has offered a compromise, saying he won’t stand for re-election in September – but opposition supporters say that’s not enough.
Thousands of protesters gathered on Liberty Square in Cairo on Wednesday, calling for President Mubarak to resign.
“This is the suppression of the Egyptians through 30 years of injustice and oppression and fraud and cheating. There is no social justice or living wages. Everybody is tired of it”, says one angry protester.
Protesters say that in 30 years of power, Mubarak has failed to help the country’s poor – and has run an authoritarian government and state bureaucracy riddled with corruption.
“We have been sleeping on the streets, we cannot live like that, our children are depressed. I go to work but cannot feed them properly”, says a protester.
Mubarak stands accused of mass political repression – including imprisonment of opposition figures, and violations of civil liberties.
Protesters are demanding an end to the Emergency Law that has been in place for decades – limiting opposition activity and banning street demonstrations.
“We are fighting for freedom and justice – people have come here not just because of poverty and unemployment, many of the protesters have good jobs”, a demonstrator says.
The opposition’s refusal to negotiate with the government has created a deadlock situation.
The protests are being called a revolution – and are unprecedented in Egypt’s history.
Mubarak remains in power so far, but the protesters believe change is inevitable – and could have a domino effect across the Arab world.