Factbox: Quotes on Egypt's "Friday of Departure" protest ,Demonstrations in Egypt


Factbox: Quotes on Egypt's "Friday of Departure" protest
(Reuters) - Protesters massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday calling on Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to quit, while others were desperate for protests to end.

Here are quotes from both sides, starting with protesters.

CHANTS IN TAHRIR AFTER FRIDAY PRAYERS

"The people want the fall of the regime"

"Leave, leave, leave"; "Join us, join us"

"We want the murderer to be tried"

"The army and people are united"

AHMED KHIDR, 27, MOBILE PHONE SHOP OWNER AND PROTESTER

"Why should we go now? I'll be a fool to leave after all this murder and this sabotage. I have been in Tahrir for four days. I don't understand, why doesn't he get, he needs to go.

"We don't want ElBaradei either, and I don't want the Muslim Brotherhood but I want a transitional government that will give us time to prepare for a truly free and fair election. If Mubarak loves Egypt, he should go."

ABDEL HALIM MOHAMED ALI, 62, TECHNICAL SCHOOL TEACHER AND SUPPORTER OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

"I will not wash, and I will not take my medicine until he leaves. We need freedom, all freedoms. Omar Suleiman is good as long as he leads a temporary government. We welcome anyone who leads a temporary government even (Coptic) Pope Shenouda."

METWALY FARGHALI, 32, PROTESTER

"We are not going to leave the square. We want the army on our side but the army must realize the people's revolution is here to stay."

MOHAMED RAFAH TAHTAWY, SPOKESMAN FOR EGYPT'S HIGHEST ISLAMIC AUTHORITY, AL AZHAR, WHICH IS RUN BY THE STATE

"I have resigned. I am participating in the protests and I have issued statements that support the revolutionists as far as they go, however I will always remain in the service of Al Azhar and its grand Imam."
KHALED YOUSSEF, DIRECTOR OF FILMS CRITICAL OF GOVERNMENT

"The Brotherhood are here in Tahrir, so what? They are part of this nation - everyone is here. When citizens desire life, fate must respond."

SHERIF ABDEL KADER, 23, ACCOUNTANT HEADING TO TAHRIR

"I think today is the finale of this charade, the 30 years of oppression and breaking the human law that every respectable government can uphold."

SHOWAN EBADI, 23, FLEW IN FROM SWEDEN TO SUPPORT THE PROTEST

"I think it is important to support democracy and our government in Sweden is supporting a dictator."

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NAGWA SALEM, 26, BANKER

"My entire life is paralyzed. I can't go to work or even go out. There is no security on the streets, and life has become unstable. I want Mubarak and his regime to leave, but it makes no difference to me whether he leaves immediately or in six months. Even after the protests end and all those events are over, my life will not go back to normal. I will still be afraid to take my car anywhere or stay out late at night."

ALIYA GALAL, 21, UNIVERSITY STUDENT

"I'm depressed. Enough is enough. I'm sick and tired of all those protests. I want my life to go back to normal. The country is gridlocked. In my opinion, Mubarak made huge concessions, and perhaps the new government is good. We need to give them (government) a chance."

HESHAM GALAL, 33, ENGINEER

"My life has turned upside down. I've become like a bat -- I stay up at night to guard my neighborhood and sleep in the morning. I feel I'm batman."

ESSAM MASSOUD, 39, TAXI DRIVER

"I'm very upset because the curfew has cut my work hours short. And there are few people around because they are afraid to go out. Business is very minimal, and I have installments on this taxi that I have to pay on a monthly basis."

HUSSEIN MAHMOUD, 48, SHOP OWNER
Food products have become expensive. There is no money in the ATM machines, and the banks are closed. My shop is opened, but no one is buying anything. I tell Mubarak: enough, you have to leave. The protesters want him to leave now because they fear his revenge later or that he might change his mind and decide to remain in power. A new president has to come, with a new mindset."

ASSMAA BAYOUMY, 57, HOUSEWIFE

"I want the security back again. I want Egypt to return to normal. The banks are closed, and I don't have an ATM card, so I only spend money on necessities. I am worried about my children taking part in the protests because I heard the protests are chaotic and filled with thugs."

NASER, OWNER OF A DOWNTOWN BAKERY STORE

"Our lives have stopped. I agree with everything the protesters ask for and were able to get for us but life is very hard and we don't know what to do."

(reporting by Dina Zayed, Marwa Awad, Sherine El Madany; Yasmine Saleh, Alexander Dziadosz, Andrew Hammond and Jonathan Wright; Compiled by Alison Williams)
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