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February 1, 2011
Jubilant crowds flood Cairo, escalating protests
CAIRO (AP) -- More than a quarter-million people flooded Cairo's main square Tuesday in a stunning and jubilant array of young and old, urban poor and middle class professionals, mounting by far the largest protest yet in a week of unrelenting demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.
The crowds - determined but peaceful - filled Tahrir, or Liberation, Square and spilled into nearby streets, among them people defying a government transportation shutdown to make their way from rural provinces. Protesters jammed in shoulder-to-shoulder, with schoolteachers, farmers, unemployed university graduates, women in conservative headscarves and women in high heels, men in suits and working-class men in scuffed shoes.
They sang nationalist songs, danced, beat drums and chanted the anti-Mubarak slogan "Leave! Leave! Leave!" as military helicopters buzzed overhead. Organizers said the aim was to intensify marches to get the president out of power by Friday, and similar demonstrations erupted in at least five other cities around Egypt. (36 images)

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The crowd gathers in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city's main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. AP / Tara-Todras Whitehill


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Anti-government protesters pray, as others demonstrate in Tahrir, or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill



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Protestors gather in Tahrir Square on Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Peter Macdiarmid



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Thousands chant anti-government slogans during a massive rally in Tahrir Square Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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A demonstrator reacts in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday. AP / Ben Curtis



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Thousands chant anti-government slogans during a massive rally in Tahrir Square Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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A huge crowd crosses a bridge over the Nile river, on their way to Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A military armored vehicle parks where people arrive at Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Tara-Todras Whitehill



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Demonstrators pray in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Tara-Todras Whitehill



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Demonstrators pray in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Tara-Todras Whitehill



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Demonstrators pray next to Army armored vehicles as they protest in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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An Egyptian army soldier gestures in front of the crowd gathering in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city's main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. AP / Amr Nabil



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Young girls wave Egyptian flags atop an armored vehicle just outside Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Victoria Hazou



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A soldier directs demonstrators arriving at Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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An Egyptian army Lieutenant Colonel stands atop a tank as the crowd arrives to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A man argues with soldiers just outside Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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Demonstrators hold up banners in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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The crowd arrives in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Victoria Hazou



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A man holds an Egyptian flag during a massive rally in Tahrir Square Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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A youth with an Egyptian flag painted on his face stands in Tahrir Square on Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Peter Macdiarmid



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A youth waves Egyptian flags from a lamp post in Tahrir Square on Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Peter Macdiarmid



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A demonstrator waves his national flag as the crowd gathers in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Ben Curtis



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An Egyptian army helicopter patrols above a protester waving Egypt's flags as crowds gather in Tahrir or Liberation Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Amr Nabil



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An Egyptian man shouts slogans against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a protest to show solidarity with protestors in Egypt, outside the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Grace Kassab



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Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square heeding a call by the opposition for a "march of a million" to mark a week of protests calling for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak's long term regime, on Feb. 1, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Mohammed Abed



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A man shouts anti-government slogans on a megaphone during a massive rally in Tahrir Square Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square heeding a call by the opposition for a "march of a million" to mark a week of protests calling for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak's long term regime, on Feb. 1, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Miguel Medina



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Egyptians women shout slogans during a demonstration on Feb. 1, 2011 at Cairo's Tahrir Square as massive tides of protesters flooded Cairo for the biggest outpouring of anger yet in their relentless drive to oust President Hosni Mubarak's regime. AFP/ Getty Images / Miguel Medina



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A man looks through the legs of other protesters during a massive anti-government rally in Tahrir Square Feb. 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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An effigy depicting President Hosni Mubarak hangs while perople demonstrate in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Egyptian protestors shout slogans near a poster with a sign saying "Mubarak go out" and wave national flag in front of the Egyptian embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Amel Emric



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Egyptians take part in a demonstration on Feb. 1, 2011 at Cairo's Tahrir Square as massive tides of protesters flooded Cairo for the biggest outpouring of anger yet in their relentless drive to oust President Hosni Mubarak's regime. AFP/ Getty Images / Marco Longari



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Egyptian Muslims pray next to a burnt car in Cairo on Feb. 1, 2011 as massive tides of protesters flooded the Egyptian capital's central Tahrir Square for the biggest outpouring of anger yet in their relentless drive to oust President Hosni Mubarak's regime. AFP/ Getty Images / Patrick Baz



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An Egyptian Muslim man prays next to a burned car in Cairo on Feb. 1, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Patrick Baz



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Egyptians crowd a van as they return home, leaving a mass protest before the curfew in Cairo, on Feb. 1, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Patrick Baz



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