24 hours in Cairo

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian dictator who was hated by his people and backed by the US government for the past 30 years, is gone.

Thursday, 10 February:

Children at Tahrir Square hang out near pictures of some of the 297 people killed by Mubarak's forces since the uprising began (matthew cassel)

A man holds a poster of one of the women killed by Mubarak's forces in recent weeks. Although he didn't know her, he told me he felt she was his daughter. (matthew cassel)

An example of Egyptian humor: 'New from Kentucky, the leave combo.' Mubarak propaganda tried to make people believe that protesters were living well over recent weeks in Tahrir and eating free KFC. (matthew cassel)

Mubarak's speech on Thursday night (matthew cassel)

Protesters watch Mubarak's speech closely. The young man on the left has been protesting non-stop since January 25, while the man on the right was a political prisoner for 14 years in Mubarak's jails. (matthew cassel)

Protesters react to Mubarak announcing he will not leave office (matthew cassel)

Friday, 11 February:

The next morning, hundreds of thousands came to Tahrir to take part in Friday prayers and then continued protests against Mubarak (matthew cassel)

Protests began immediately after prayers ended (matthew cassel)

Protesters then marched to the building for the Egyptian state TV (matthew cassel)

Soldiers guarding the TV building clearly did not want to use violence against protesters. Some soldiers even started crying as the situation intensified. (matthew cassel)

Sign on the right reads: 'leave oh Mubarak' (matthew cassel)

A flying 'V' near the TV protest (matthew cassel)

Victory (matthew cassel)

Tahrir Square after news of Mubarak's resignation (matthew cassel)

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Tahrir Square post-liberation (matthew cassel)

And of course …

From left to right: the mother, uncle and sister of Khaled Said. The young man who was killed last year by Egyptian police in Alexandria. His death was a large part of the reason for the January 25th uprising that eventually led to the ouster of Mubarak (matthew cassel)

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