Fellow great Egyptian citizens … We are your daughters, your brothers and sisters who are protesting in Tahrir square and other squares of Egypt, [and we] promise you not to go back to our homes until the demands of your great revolution are realized.** This is a statement from the Coalition of Youth.
Millions have gone out to overthrow the regime, and so the matter goes beyond figures in particular to the whole administration of the Egyptian state, which was transformed from a servant of the people to a master of them.
We have heard the president’s disappointing speech. And really someone who has killed more than 300 youths, kidnapped and injured thousands more is not entitled to brag about past glories. Nor are his followers entitled to talk about the President’s dignity, because the dignity [of] life and security of the Egyptian people is far more valuable than any single person’s dignity no matter how high a position he holds.
Our people [have] live[d] though tragedy for a week now, since Mubarak’s regime practiced a siege against us, releasing criminals and outlaws to terrorize us, imposing a curfew, stopping public transportation, closing banks, cutting off communications and shutting down the Internet. But if it was not for the courage of Egyptian youths who stayed up nights in the People’s Committees it would have been a terrible tragedy.
We want this crisis to end as soon as possible and for our lives and our families’ lives to get back to normal, but we do not trust Hosni Mubarak in leading the transitional period. He is the same person, who refused over the past 30 years any real political and economic reforms, and he hired criminals to attack Tahrir square and the peaceful demonstrators there, killing dozens and injuring thousands – including women, elderly and children.
Also, we will not allow the corrupt to remain in charge of the state institutions; therefore, we will continue our sit-in until the following demands are realized:
1 – The resignation of the President, and by the way, this does not contradict the peaceful transition of power nor the current Constitution, which allows and organizes this process.
2 – The immediate lifting of the state of emergency and releasing all freedoms and putting an immediate stop to the humiliation and torture that takes place in police stations.
3 – The immediate dissolving of both the Parliament and Shura Council.
4 – Forming a national unity government that political forces agree upon, which manages the processes of constitutional and political reform.
5 – Forming a judicial committee with the participation of some figures from local human rights organizations to investigate the perpetrators of the collapse of [the] state of security this past week and the murder and injury of thousands of our people.
6 – Military in charge of protecting peaceful protesters from thugs and criminals affiliated with the corrupt regime and ensuring the safety of medical and nutritional convoys to civilians.
7 – The immediate release of all political detainees and, in the forefront, our colleague Wael Ghoneim.