Thousands converge in Cairo to demand Mubarak go
POSTED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 2:46am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:21am
CAIRO (AP) -- Thousands of people are converging on the heart of Cairo to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power.
Organizers hope a million will turn out in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square to force out a man they blame for ignoring the needs of the poor and allowing corruption and official abuse to run rampant.
Mubarak would be the second Arab leader pushed from office by a popular uprising in the history of the modern Middle East.
It's a day to the week after an extraordinary eruption of discontent and demands for democracy in the United States' most important Arab ally. The uprising is fueled by years of frustration with Mubarak's autocratic regime and emboldened by an uprising last month that overthrew Tunisia's president.
© 2011 The Associated Press.