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Unrest continues in Egypt today despite President Mubarak's declaration that he will not contest
the next election. Philip Williams reports from Cairo.


TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has bowed to more than a week of people
power pressure and announced he won't be seeking re-election in September.

But that concession hasn't satisfied the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who turned out
across the country overnight, demanding his immediate resignation.

In another setback, one of the embattled president's key allies, US President Barack Obama, has
called for him to start handing over power immediately.

ABC correspondent Philip Williams filed this report after another dramatic night on the streets of

PHILIP WILLIAMS, REPORTER: For hours and hours, tens of thousands have been streaming into the
square. It's almost packed to capacity. All of them absolutely determined that this is the day that
Mubarak will go. We don't know if that's how it's going to pan out, but these people's level of
excitement and sense of possibility is almost boundless, and 30 years of repression, they feel, are
about to end.

This is just one small example of that spontaneous people power. These people haven't been
appointed by anyone. They're not police, they're not troops, but they've taken it upon themselves
to provide some element of security, checking everyone's documents. And everywhere you go, you see
people power expressing itself. Everywhere here people have taken it upon themselves, the
responsibility of this protest. But the weird thing about it is there's no central organisation; it
just seems to happen organically.

Did you ever think you'd see this day?

VOX POP: No. I was hoping. But for the situations we thought, it's just a dream. But today, no,
it's a real day.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: Tell me what you've written here?

VOX POP II (pointing to placard): "We need new civilian President," not Army President.


VOX POP II: "We need new constitution. We need new Parliament. We need jobs for everybody, for our
kids. Everybody to live like (inaudible). We need money for go (inaudible) to come back to Egypt."
We need democracy. That's all we need.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: It's an extraordinary situation. Just tens of thousands, probably more, completely
disparate groups, no central organisation. (Inaudible), demonstrations over there; there are
probably hundreds of different groups here, all expressing, though, the same view that they want
Mubarak out, but will they have the same view about what they want in his place. And that is a very
big question for this country.

(Protestor's sign reads, "This is Egypt, not Iran").

Why do you have this sign here?

PROTESTOR: Because the West thinks that the Muslim Brotherhood is the most powerful opposition
cause in Egypt. But, no, we will not move from the military, a state government, and just move to a
religious state. We don't want a religious state and we don't want a military state. We just want a
(inaudible), secular constitution, a fair constitution.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: Some people here do want a religious state.

PROTESTOR: Well, well, the majority of the people here will not vote for Islamists if there was
third elections.

PROTESTOR II: I am a lawyer, but I want freedom. I can't live in my country.

PROTESTOR III: I feel very unified. I'm very proud. Usually I'd be very scared to walk out in this
crowd. People are all taking care of each other. They're all cleaning the streets. Muslims and
Christians are together, even a Sheikh and a priest who are standing up together on one thing with
one sign. It's very touching, because Hosni has always bred fear of religious extremism in this
country and we've always been scared, we've always had our voices unheard.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: This is a very intense moment for you, isn't it?

PROTESTOR III: Yeah. It's very exciting ...

PROTESTOR IV: Very touching moment.

PROTESTOR III: It's actually revolutionary for us.

PHILIP WILLIAMS: People here have hoped that this was going to be all over tonight. The President
(inaudible) on television to resign, but instead all he's done is say, "I won't run again." That
leaves him in office until September. For these people, that's utterly unacceptable. They won't
tolerate this. This protest will continue. This has been a long day. There may be many more long
days to come.