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Egypt protesters head towards state TV

Protesters gathering in front of Egypt's state TV building

© Mona Seif/afrol News
afrol News, 10 February
- Protesters in Cairo are fuming after the speeches of President Mubarak and Vice-President Omar Suleiman. Thousands are moving towards state TV headquarters, many shouting they will take over the broadcaster.

"Thousands are now heading to the State TV building," activist Hossam el-Hamalawy reports from the area around Tahrir Square, confirming media reports. There are plans to storm the building and oust those responsible of the propaganda broadcasted from the channel.

According to activist Mona Seif, now standing in front of the state broadcaster, "we are not leaving Tahrir Square; we are adding the TV building to the liberated zone."

According to further activists in the streets of Cairo, it is now the presidential guard, not the regular armed forces, being deployed at the state broadcaster. The presidential guard so far has been more loyal to the regime than the army, meaning that there could be violent confrontations if the protesters try to storm the building.

The protesters in Cairo so far have avoided violent confrontations, trying to keep their revolution peaceful and not giving the army reasons to intervene. A much discussed march towards the presidential palace - also protected by the feared presidential guard - after last Friday's prayers therefore was not carried out.¨

But the speech of President Mubarak, where he rejects stepping down and hands over some powers to Vice-President Suleiman, sparked new anger in the crowds. The following speech of Mr Suleiman, telling people to go home and go back to work, was a manifestation of the regime's arrogance that caused an explosion of even stronger anger.

Parts of the protesters now seem to be willing to use violence to crush the regime - a regime that has been given several chances of an honourable retreat.

This night's march is towards state TV, located close to Tahrir Square. Tomorrow, as the Friday prayers again are expected to draw record crowds to central Cairo, there will certainly be attempts to lead the crowds towards the presidential palace in Heliopolis, a two-hours' walk away from Tahrir.

Update: There are now further reports that hundreds of protesters are starting to move towards the presidential palace in Heliopolis tonight as well.

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