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“Go, go, Mubarak go” and “the people need to end this regime” shouted the angry crowds around al-Istiqamma mosque in Cairo’s Giza Square, as they shook their fists at the lines of helmeted riot police after Friday prayers.

Within minutes, water cannon showered the demonstrators and there were loud thuds as tear gas canisters were fired.

People ran into the side streets of this poor neighbourhood, on the edge of the capital, with their eyes streaming.

“Let the world see what is happening in this country,” yelled one elderly man. “We will never stop until this… government goes.”

Ordinary Egyptians appear to be losing their fear of direct confrontation with the security forces. There have been bloody and drawn out clashes all over Cairo and in some of Egypt’s main cities.

They have a long list of grievances and the demands are an explicit challenge to their rulers.

“We want a real democratic system. This regime of Hosni Mubarak has been in power for 30 years,” declared Ahmed, a man in his 20s.

“I was unemployed for five years. I had to move to the United Arab Emirates. This is what I was dragged into. My son will not suffer what I have suffered. This ends here.”

When you talk to people, they tell you economic reforms have not eased the poverty of Egypt’s masses, education and social services are inadequate, and they complain of high levels of corruption and political stagnation.

“We are so furious. We must have change, better chances to work, to buy a flat and have just the life’s basics,” said a bank clerk clutching an Egyptian flag.

“What happened in Tunisia has changed things a bit. It knocked some sense into people.”

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Article courtesy bbc.co.uk

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