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The view from Tahrir Square: There's no oxygen in the air

Photojournalist David Degner and journalist Egyptian Mohamed Abdelfattah just returned from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt where tens of thousands of anti-democracy protesters are gathered asking for President Hosni Mubarak to step down from power.

The journalists were concerned about staying in square because of the intense crowding. “It’s really overcrowded, it feels like there is no oxygen in the air.”

Mohamed was working as a videographer, covering the protests in Alexandria. But three days ago, he traveled to Cairo because he wanted to be part of history, to see the movement there in person.

“It’s a type of dream to see...a very amazing show of people power in recent weeks in a really modern and civilized way.”

He continued, "This type of revolution is the kind that we only hear about in history textbooks outside of Egypt…it’s surreal to us."

Of the mood in the square, he says: "You see all of Egypt in front of you – people from all sects and all types of workers.. It's really like a beautiful painting, you can’t speak about it, you just watch. That’s the kind of shock we are in."

David Degner / IncendiaryImage.com

Egyptian journalist turned protester Mohamed Abdelfattah

Following Pres. Hosni Mubarak's latest announcement saying he is going to remain as president but transfer power to his vice president Omar Suleiman, Egyptian Nevine Zaki expresses some of the outrage felt by the protest movement via Twitter:

How can u play with feelings like this? they should have a special feature 4 us in z Guiness Records about how heartless our government is!

Yup he poured more gasoline unto the fire!