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Egyptians Gather In Tahrir Square for “Victory March” To Mark One Week Anniversary of Mubarak’s Downfall

Egyptians Gather In Tahrir Square for “Victory March” To Mark One Week Anniversary of Mubarak’s Downfall

Crowds of rejoicing Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to celebrate the “Friday of Victory and Continuation” and mark the one-week anniversary of the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year rule over the country. 

In sharp contrast to the violence that erupted Friday at pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, the atmosphere in Tahrir Square was “festive,” the crowd dotted with families and young children, some people waving flags, some draped in them, and others playing musical instruments.

Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, an influential Egyptian cleric who had been banned from entering the country during the Mubarak regime, returned home on Thursday, and led Friday prayers in the Square. The last time Qaradawi delivered a prayer sermon in Egypt was in 1981 after the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat, according to the Al Arabiya news channel.

“O Egyptians, Coptic Christians and Muslims, this is your day, all of you. January 25 was your revolution,” he said.

Qaradawi lauded Egyptian youth and told the crowds “The revolution is not over yet. The revolution just began. We need to rebuild Egypt. Be aware of those who want to take it away from you.”

Qaradawi insisted that the money “stolen” by the Mubarak regime be returned to the Egyptian people and praised the “martyrs” who died in the upheaval and for the sake of the religion, CNN reported.

Organizers said they wanted the so-called “Victory March” in Tahrir Square to serve as a reminder to the military that Egyptians were watching the ongoing reform process. They said in a statement the rally was held to “both celebrate the revolution and call for a number of demands that are yet to be fulfilled.”

Some of those demands include “freeing political detainees, issuing a statement on lost protesters, ending the state of emergency, holding corrupt officials accountable and tracing their assets,” the statement said.

MSNBC reports Qadarawi said he was confident the Higher Military Council would not betray the nation. “I call on the Egyptian army to liberate us from the government that Mubarak formed,” Qaradawi said.

But, as the BBC points out:

The coalition of young activists and pro-democracy groups that led the 18 days of protests that led to Mr Mubarak’s downfall are worried that the army will go back on promises to implement political reforms.

“This is a serious message to the military,” Mohamed el-Said, who travelled from Port Said to be at the rally told the BBC.

“After today, it will be more than obvious to them that if they don’t protect the revolution and respond to the people’s demands, the next time people go down to Tahrir won’t be to celebrate victory, but they will bring their blankets with them like before.”

Life in Egypt remains disrupted, with tanks on Cairo streets, strikes and banks and schools closed.

The Higher Military Council has pledged to “put matters back on track” but has asked Egyptians to help them.

“The armed forces do not have future ambitions and want to hand power to the civilian parties when they are strong so that they don’t collapse,” spokesman Gen Ismail Etmaan said on state TV on Wednesday.

The Egyptian military has been in charge of the country since last Friday, when Mubarak resigned from the presidency. Top military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and vowed to remain in charge until elections can be held in about six months.

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6:16AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Im so glad now just to get Hossni Mubarak to resign and to get democratic elections and free and fair elections in Egypt.

1:30PM PST on Feb 23, 2011


8:19AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Congratulation to Egyptian. You deserve your honor. Congratulation!

5:32PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

A great victory for the people of Egypt who showed the world what can be achieved when you put your differences aside and unite in a common cause. Well done !

10:51PM PST on Feb 19, 2011


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10:48PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Congratulations! to those minded people who hate dictators and American allies.Actually Hossni Mubarak was also a close ally of America.

2:33PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

And more to come - in the USA.

9:05AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

The date is February 4th. There is armed conflict amidst a concentrated zone of rebels in an African state. The power elite, behind the might of military arms fabricated in a distant Western nation, want to hold onto the power they have held for so long. The dissenters desire self-determination. People are killed in the chaos. The American president tells the authoritarian ruler, a close U.S. ally, to leave.

This scenario describes the events currently unfolding in Egypt. But it also describes events that happened on the same exact date half a century ago. That's right. February 4, 1961, was the first day of more at

3:50AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

In all Political Conflicts one should defeat. So, congratulations to People of Egypt.

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