The Egyptian people filled central Cairo in great numbers with a list of demands for their President.
They were promptly given the middle finger, slandered and told to go home. All on national television.
During his speech, Mubarak said, “The police will also work for the people and protect them – with honor[sic], control and respect for their rights, freedoms and dignity.”
Guess he doesn’t realise his police have been caught on video trying to run down protesters, and the documented cases of torture by Egyptian security forces.
Comments from an individual who was in Tahrir Square during the protests highlighted that the demands of the protesters have not been met and the most likely outcome will be a repeat of what has already occurred in recent days. A day may pass, but Egyptians will return to the streets in greater numbers.
Reports were also offered about the behaviour of reactionary elements who have been antagonising and attacking the anti-government protesters during the early hours of the morning.
Another post to the live twitter feed for @Jan 25 Voices recorded the comments of one contributor who said,
“People will not rest until [Mubarak] steps down. We are angry and indignant.”
“Step by step the thing has been played wrong. We still don’t have internet. If things are good why is he isolating us?”
“He is worth billions. He has the gall to say he never wanted personal profit.
Reaction in Western media has been somewhat standard, with reports as to numbers differing and with the BBC being the only ones to suggest that Egypt’s protesters may be rather divided after the President’s speech,
The BBC’s Yolande Knell in Tahrir Square in central Cairo says it remains to be seen whether Mr Mubarak’s statement is enough for protesters, and adds that it could divide Egyptians.
She says there are some determined to carry on, while others think these are major concessions and that the protests have gone far enough.