Inside The National videographer Ashraf Helmi is in Tahrir Square in Cairo and sending reports to the National.
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Comments live from Cairo
17:12 My estimates 200k different groups setting up different zones to protest: MB kifaya azhar etc
17:13 Taxi was set alight on route to tahrir, citizens put it out with sand from ground
17:16 300 pro mubarak demonstrators outside foreign ministry hemmed in by army for protection
17:21 Carnival atmosphere but some fighting in places a few pro mubarak supporters here
17:27 People making a big human Irhal (go) sign on the floor so that helicopter in the sky will see it :)
17:36 Prayer is over some people starting to leave but huge numbers remain
17:36 Azhar supporters here in big numbers
Everyone is contained in Tahrir, the army have succeeded in preventing their march to the palace
18:40 no sign of any sexual harassment here despite the crush. there are higher concerns
18:42 word going round trucks of armed men with guns stopped trying to get into the square
18:43 There are chants of mubarak today is your last day, but we are all very disconnected in the square
18:52 Citizens taking it upon themselves to grab a rubbish bag and clean the streets
19:00 One protester: fine. If he doesn't go today he goes tomorrow
19:19 One voxpopper - we want mubarak, he gives us safety, but we don't want the regime
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