18 Days In, Protesters Still Want Mubarak Gone

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Three weeks into the anti-government protests in Egypt, sentiments haven't changed. Protesters still want President Mubarak to resign.

STEVE INKEEP, host:

We are listening to the sound of Cairo's Tahrir Square this morning. Last night, protesters gathered there to watch a televised speech by President Hosni Mubarak. He did not step down as many expected.

Protests began in Egypt on January 25. Organizers called it a Day of Rage back then. On that day, an NPR correspondent in Tahrir Square spoke with a cab driver, named Adel al-Sharif.

(Soundbite of chanting protestors)

Mr. ADEL AL-SHARIF (Cab Driver): The status quo is too much. Too much not doing anything, we're not progressing. My children are growing. I don't know how to tell them that we've been living like this for ages. So we need this changed.

INSKEEP: Well over two weeks into these protests, sentiments haven't changed on the streets. Today, demonstrators are pushing into new parts of Cairo, including the State Television Building and the Presidential Palace.

We'll bring you more developments throughout the morning.

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