Laura King and Edmund Sanders
Jan 31, 2011
In the seventh day of protests against President Hosni Mubarak, organizers call for a ‘million-man march’ and continue noisy demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Police are redeployed but avoid the square. Meanwhile, foreigners wait at the airport to evacuate.
Police began returning to their posts in the Egyptian capital on Monday, seeking to restore order after days of looting, but they stayed away from the protester-thronged square that has become the epicenter of the movement to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
As the dramatic standoff entered its seventh day, protest organizers called for the biggest demonstrations yet, urging that 1 million people flood the streets Tuesday.
Defying curfews, protesters have maintained an around-the-clock presence in Tahrir Square — Liberation Square — worried that it will be sealed off by the military if they leave. Army tanks continued to ring the sprawling plaza Monday, blocking off some access routes, but people were still allowed to move in and out at several points, sometimes in queues separated by gender.