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Reporter's Notebook: Cairo bears the scars of deadly power struggle

Text by Marc DAOU

Latest update : 2011-01-30

FRANCE 24's special correspondents in Cairo report on Saturday's protests in the Egyptian capital, a city besieged by security forces and protesters determined to end President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

After a night of violent protests, the streets of Cairo on Saturday were littered with the remains of barricades, smouldering cars and graffiti calling for the ouster of the country’s embattled president, Hosni Mubarak.

Along the mighty Nile River, smoke billowed over the headquarters of the ruling NDP party, which was set alight by angry protesters on Friday. Flames could still be seen curling out of the building’s windows. Below, the burnt-out chassis of dozens of vehicles underscored the fierceness of the blaze.
 
Mohammed, an 18-year-old native from Cairo, had come to witness the sight and, while at it, take some pictures. He said all of this – the riots, the hunger, the anger – was Mubarak’s fault.  “We want change and we simply can’t deal with a life where we have no future”, he said. “[Mubarak] will never understand Egyptian youth. He should just leave”.  
 
Another teenager, Hasan, said he was not sure whether the protests would continue into Saturday night, in defiance of the curfew. But even as he spoke, groups of youths gathered around us, chanting one slogan, “Mubarak go!”

Date created : 2011-01-29

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