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Published on Feb 6, 2011

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Dramatic scenes and clips from the past few days of the unrest and turmoil in Tahrir Square, Cairo Egypt.

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From Huffington Post 02/5/11 11:53 PM Updated: 02/6/11 01:15 AM

"CAIRO - After nearly two weeks of going head-to-head with Egypt's authoritarian regime, anti-government protesters are bruised, battered, sleep-deprived and hungry.

But the tens of thousands massing daily in Cairo's Tahrir Square remain fired with enthusiasm -- at times a euphoric fervor seems their only fuel -- and vow they will not back down in their demands for President Hosni Mubarak to step down and end his nearly 30-year rule.

How long they can hold out has become a crucial question in the crisis gripping Egypt, as the government appears to be digging in, reckoning that it can ride out the wave of unrest.

That means the confrontation could be turning into a test of sheer endurance. Protest organizers believe they must keep up the pressure of large protests, paralyzing the downtown heart of Cairo, to force the government to make a true move to democracy and not just cosmetic changes that allow the deeply entrenched regime to preserve its grip on power even if Mubarak eventually goes.

"We have to be steady to topple the government," said Ahmed Abdel Moneim, a 22-year-old student who has been sleeping in the square for days. "The French Revolution took a very long time so the people could eventually get their rights. ... If we have to spend our life to get rid of Mubarak, we will."

It's a sentiment shared by many in Tahrir Square, which at times feels like a bubble of optimism that the sheer will of youthful protesters can overcome all obstacles.

"Every day we sit out here, we gain against Mubarak," said Sharif Mohammed, an electrical engineer. "Maybe we'll be tired for a month, but we will be able to live in freedom for the rest of our life."

Beyond the square's tank-guarded gates, however, a decidedly more pessimistic view takes hold. Some ordinary Egyptians are upset that life has ground to a halt and will remain that way as long as there is no resolution in sight. The government has sought to fuel that image, with state TV and officials depicting the protesters as causing disorder, refusing reasonable concessions by the state and backed by meddling foreigners.

Recognizing the need to keep support among the wider public, protest organizers put out a statement Saturday denying all those claims. "The broad positive response by the people to our movement's goals reveals that these are the goals of the Egyptian masses in general, not any internal or external faction or entity," it said.

As the crisis drags on, the protesters also face the raw physical toll of camping out, night after night, in the sprawling public square. Hunger, illness and injuries might well become a drain.

Cairo's chilly winters could also make things very uncomfortable for all but the most dedicated activists. A misty drizzle on Saturday turned the once verdant patches of grass in the square where many people have pitched their tents to mud.

In the early afternoon, many protesters were just waking up after putting in long hours on the barricades keeping watch for nighttime attacks by regime supporters who assaulted the camp earlier in the week, sparking 48 hours of pitched battles....."

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