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Week After Mubarak's Ouster, Most Egyptians Jubilant


Crowds turn out to celebrate Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, marking the success of a popular uprising and honoring the protesters who were killed, February 18, 2011

Crowds turn out to celebrate Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, marking the success of a popular uprising and honoring the protesters who were killed, February 18, 2011

A leading Sunni sheikh addressed a crowd Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square on a day honoring the martyrs of Egypt's recent anti-government protests.

Egyptians packed Tahrir Square yet again to listen to popular cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, one week after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

Sheikh Qaradawi led prayers honoring those who died or went missing during the 18 days of protests. He praised the military, which has promised to safeguard a peaceful transition, and called for the prompt release all political prisoners. He also called on all Egyptians to demonstrate patience.

One man said there's unity in the square. "We have seen different types and different, religions and different ages and different ideologies who are united right here in this square."

And for one woman in the crowd - optimism. "I think things have been going smooth so far, and people trust the military. They trust them, and I'm sure it's going to be a smooth process, not just during the coming few days but the coming months."

Some in the crowd wore tags with the colors of the nation's flag and photos of those who died. Others' patriotism showed on their faces.

This woman took in the joyful atmosphere with her children. "Just to celebrate with everyone, because the kids didn't have a chance
to come within those hard days, so I wanted them to celebrate and enjoy."

She said her children followed the revolution on the Internet and Facebook.

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