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February 10, 2011
Egypt protesters furious at Mubarak's speech
CAIRO (AP) -- The mood in Tahrir Square was exultant. Finally, the protesters thought, their moment in history had come: President Hosni Mubarak was about to quit. Then euphoria turned to fury. As Mubarak began speaking on television Thursday night, his voice reverberating over audio speakers and mobile telephone radios, the words the huge crowd expected did not come. Unease turned to head-shaking disbelief and murmurs of disgust. Then anger surged, and tears of frustration fell. Mubarak was not stepping down. (30 images)

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Anti-government protesters react as they watch on a big screen as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes a televised statement to his nation in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he is handing his powers over to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, and ordered constitutional amendments Thursday. But the move means he retains his title of president and ensures regime control over the reform process, falling short of protester demands. Protesters in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, hoping he would announce his resignation outright, reacted in fury and disbelief. AP / Emilio Morenatti


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An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator waves a shoe as he shows his anger during a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who failed to announce his immediate resignation, in Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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A protester is overcome by emotion as he and others prematurely celebrate prior to the televised speech of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in which they believed he would step down, at the continuing anti-government demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Tens of thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters chant slogans and wave their national flag as they crowd Cairo's Tahrir square on February 10, 2011 amid rumors that President Hosni Mubarak appeared to be on the brink of stepping down. AFP/ Getty Images / Patrick Baz



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Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Amr Nabil



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Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Egyptian anti-government demonstrators crowd Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011 on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak AFP/ Getty Images / Mohammed Abed



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An Egyptian soldier watches as protesters pray in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Egyptian protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Ben Curtis



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A general view shows the crowded Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 10, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Marco Longari



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Anti-government protesters sit behind plastic sheets after spending the night outside the Egyptian Parliament in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Anti-government protestors hold candles as they walk surrounding an Egyptian Army tank at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A woman cries as anti-government protesters walk during a candlelight vigil for those killed during the uprising in Tahrir Square on February 9, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / John Moore



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Anti-government protesters stamp on a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as they pose for a photo, outside the Egyptian Parliament in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters are seen reading messages left by other demonstrators on a big mural at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Egyptian anti-government protesters pray at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 9, 2011, on the 16th day of protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. AFP/ Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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An anti-government protester runs under a large Egyptian flag in front of the Egyptian Parliament building Feburary 9, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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Anti-government protesters chant during a massive rally in Tahrir Square February 8, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters take part in a demonstration at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Egyptian Wael Ghonim, center, a 30-year-old Google Inc. marketing manager who was a key organizer of the online campaign that sparked the first protest on Jan. 25, talks to the crowd in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian anti-government demonstrators gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 8, 2011 on the 15th consecutive day of protests demanding the ouster of embattled President Hosni Mubarak. AFP/ Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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Thousands of anti government supporters gathered for the 15th consecutive day to demonstrate demanding the ouster of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, on february 8, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Marco Longari



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Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters take part in a demonstration at Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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An Egyptian anti government demonstrator wakes up February 8, 2011 from a night spent near an army M60 tank on Tahrir square in central Cairo, on the 15th day of protests against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. AFP/ Getty Images / Marco Longari



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A boy stands among waving Egyptian flags in Tahrir Square February 7, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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Anti-government protesters have their hair cut by hairdressers volunteering their services at the continuing protest in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. AP / Ben Curtis



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Anti-government protesters pray in front of an army armored vehicle as another dressed in a suit, right, stands to have his picture taken by a friend, at the continuing protest in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. AP / Ben Curtis



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