"The Night Of Departure"

by Chris Bodenner

That's what protesters are calling tonight, in anticipation of Mubarak's address airing shortly. Watch Al Jazeera's live-stream here. HRW's Joe Stork is on the ground:

It's dark now and I'm in a room overlooking Tahrir Square. There's a huge crowd still, very vocal, lots of chanting - it took a long time to get here at noon because the streets around are sealed off by the army.

People don't have mass-produced posters, they're all home-made. The sense of people finally getting their voice is astounding, especially when you compare that with the near-total silence from the government - their response has been little or nothing to say, it's as if they don't know how to respond. I suspect it also reflects divisions within ruling circles about how to respond - how else can you explain that it took Mubarak six hours to speak after the announcement on Friday that he would address the nation? I think that also explains the confusion about the security services - they pulled police off the streets and although we heard that police were ordered back on the streets yesterday we don't see many in Cairo today. I didn't see any police around Tahrir Square or anywhere downtown.


1930 GMT: But the really important news this evening is that the protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo have organised a football tournament with the Army.


 Al Jazeera correspondent in Tahrir Square says that people are erecting tent, bringing in blankets, food is being distributed, either for free or at discounted prices, music is being played - so people are expecting to be here for as long as it takes.