Cairo Braces For Possible New Protests As Mubarak Holds On

One week ago, angry, disenfranchised and energized Egyptians emerged from Friday prayers, took to the streets and chanted in chorus, ""Freedom!"" ""We want (Mubarak) to leave,"" said one 19-year-old man hours after the intense day of protests.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is not gone, but his days are numbered. The leader agreed Tuesday to not seek re-election in September.

He told ABC News Thursday he would like to step down right away, but cannot because he does not want to risk plunging his nation into chaos.In the bloody blur of days since his announcement that he would not stand for re-election, regime foes and opponents have clashed repeatedly in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations. Eight people have been killed and nearly 900 injured, according to the health ministry.

Although his government has made concessions, Mubarak faces another challenge Friday, which opponents have dubbed ""Day of Farewell"" and ""Day of Departure"" -- references to further mass protests they hope will prompt the president to step down now.

Thursday saw an escalation of attacks on journalists, many of whom asked whether the government was clearing them out of the way so as to cloak its actions. Journalists said it was too dangerous to be at Tahrir Square or to provide live camera feeds.

Vice President Omar Suleiman laid some of the unrest's blame on the media.

""I actually blame certain friendly nations who have television channels, they are not friendly at all, who have intensified the youth against the nation and the state,"" Suleiman told Nile TV. ""They are actually continuing. They have filled in the minds of the youth with wrongdoings, with allegations, and this is unacceptable.
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