I've been covering the events today from Tahrir Square in Cairo for NHK.

And the situation now is like the following:

Youth protesters do believe that there's NO WAY that Mubarak can stay for a single day, as his revenge will be furious, and the problem now is that there's no serious or popular alternative for him, as he never allowed any other voice in the street for decades …

Now the most accepted idea is for Mubarak to step down and his vice to take over for 60 days until some real presidential elections can start. During the 60 days, the parliament needs to change the constitution of Egypt to allow more people to be elected ...


There are millions of anti-Mubarak protesters now … you can hear their chants from kilometers away; it's a matter of hours until Mubarak resign … he must do it; if not, the millions will make their way toward the presidential palace …

What ALL Egyptians are aware of now: THEY WILL NEVER LET ANYONE BRING DEMOCRACY TO THEIR COUNTRY; THEY CAN DO IT THEMSELVES.

What they all want is change …

And the pro-Mubarak outlaws are hiding now for sure … they can't resist millions …

Egypt is waiting, and I'm so worried about the economic crisis that Egypt will face after it all.

You know, I've never been proud being Egyptian more than now … Egyptians now are rewriting the history of not only Egypt but the whole Middle East and Arab world, if not the whole world.


Update No. 1, 7:55 p.m. Cairo local time


Egyptians’ new government paid utility bills for the Egyptians (phone, electricity, water) …

What's confirmed here is that the protesters here WILL NEVER allow the Muslim Brotherhood to steal their uprising, and Egypt will NEVER be like Iran.

For example:

Muslim Brotherhood are participating like any other Egyptian wave, BUT whenever they try to add any religious symbols or flavor to the demonstrations, like waving with the Quran up in the air, or writing their slogan (“Islam is the solution”), the other protesters force them to put it down.



Update No. 2, 8:15 p.m. Cairo local time

Egyptians are SUPER happy about the news of Egyptian authorities preventing some former ministers from traveling and freezing their assets — Travel, Industry & Trade, Tourism, National Security ministries — and more important, the superstar of corruption, Ahmed Ezz, who is the right arm of Jamal Mubarak and makes more than $3.7 billion U.S. per year.


Update No. 3


Rumors are filling the horizon over Egypt …

But what's confirmed is for the first time in several decades, Egyptians are hearing the government apologizing — the word
sorry was a taboo and still a big taboo in Mubarak's regime dictionary, but yesterday the new PM addressed the nation and apologized about what happened at Tahrir Square for the anti-Mubarak protesters, esp. the night before he promised the safety of the protesters there, but what's really amazing is that while he was apologizing they cut the transmission, like Mubarak or his vice were not happy about what he was saying …

Also today for the first time in history he speaks to an independent TV channel, Al-Arabiya, and he's a real good media man … his popularity is growing … on the other side the Egyptian national TV is playing with the classic way like if it was in the ’60s,.. very naïve and Egyptians are boycotting it …




— Reda Saeed, Institute for Education Egyptian fellow.



Kathy Kemper is founder and CEO of the Institute for Education, a nonprofit foundation that recognizes and promotes leadership and civility locally, nationally and in the world community.