“The people in charge are still corrupt,” said Egyptian blogger Mostafa Sheshtawy as friends greeted him in Tahrir Square. “We are ... the people who can build this country.”
No unified set of demands
Tahrir Square on Friday was reminiscent of the 18 iconic days before Mubarak was ousted from presidency on Feb. 11, and the many Friday protests that have followed since. People carried signs and children wore revolutionary headbands with the colors of their prized Egyptian flag. Today, the square was a bit less crowded.
Similar to the all the other protests that have taken place since Jan. 25, Friday’s lacked central leadership; there was no single list of agreed-upon demands among various activists, party members and individuals.
“It doesn’t seem that it’s a strategy focused on the Egyptian population, but a strategy focused on keeping up the pressure on the military,” says Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “They feel as soon as they stop protesting, they will lose all their leverage and they’re not satisfied with what they’ve achieved so far.”
Many Egyptians urge patience
But many are content to give the military the benefit of the doubt.