This might be premature, but after the violence of the last 24 hours (reports of a thousand injured and a dozen dead) it seems: the army has taken the side of the people.
1. Latest AP news reports say:
Four tanks cleared a highway overpass from where Mubarak supporters had hurled rocks and firebombs onto the protesters.
2. The Tanks have move back within the Square, inside the anti Government protestors lines, with their gun turrets turned out outwards
3. Meanwhile a retired General has said that they will move on the Presidential Palace to oust Mubarak tomorrow.
4. UN General secretary general Ban Ki-moon joins Obama in the “Go Now” signalling.
“President Mubarak’s announcement that he will stay until the end of his term and will not run for re-election – I’m not sure that will satisfy the demands of his people. If there is a need for change, it should happen now.”
As for the role of the President (despite the expected negativity elsewhere) it’s quite clear where the Egyptians think his loyalty stands: guess who said last night
Obama Shut Up
Poll on that below.
UPDATE: the answer to the poll is buried in the comment thread, but NO CHEATING.
Meanwhile, though I’m not sure I agree this is an ‘internet based’ popular uprising, this is still a cool placard.
UPDATE 2 – Ed: Al Jazeera has a Live Blog up with information coming from Tahir Square. Some snips up to present (10:15 Cairo time)
6:15am: Our reporter in Tahrir Square says there is an “easy calm” in Tahrir Square, as protesters prepare for renewed protests on what they call “the day of departure” for President Mubarak.
7:03am: Our producer says there appears to be a security build-up at Tahrir Square, with troops in riot gear standing next to tanks at the outskirts of the square.
8:01am: The curfew has now been lifted and protests are due to start at noon, after Friday prayers.
9:03am: One of our correspondent just wrote on Twitter: “Festive and Celebratory atmosphere that marked the days of the protest b4 Pro-mubarak peeps attacked is back in #tahrir”
And, about 20 minutes ago, another of our reporters wrote: “Dozens of police trucks in side streets around Pres Palace.Yes thats right police!Haven’t seen them in a while.”
9:50am: Our web producer in Cairo writes on Twitter: “Egyptian state TV reporting that one of its crews was attacked in Tahrir Square. Amusing thought, but is it true? Could be propaganda.”
10:01am: More from our web producer in Cairo: “About 65 soldiers stationed around 6th of October bridge and the museum, wearing riot gear. Limiting access to Corniche, etc.”