Because we can’t go. We’ve lost a lot of people and we lost them for a cause. The cause is that we want Mubarak to be out. We owe it to them to stick it to the end. We have many injured people; it will be very hard to move them. . . . Everyone in this square knows that, if we decide to give in now, they will hunt us one by one. We’ve been through this — we know it. . . . If everyone is so concerned, why is Mubarak still there and we’re losing people every minute? . . . We are not leaving this place till Mubarak leaves, so there are only two options for the whole world to do: Either they stick to Mubarak and his regime and we lose thousands of people in this square and it goes from Liberation Square to Massacre Square. . . . Or they say no to Mubarak’s regime and give people here a chance at living a good life.
Mona Seif is an Egyptian activist. Follow Mona Seif at <twitter.com/monasosh>. This video was uploaded to YouTube on 2 February 2011. Cf. Amy Goodman, “Eyewitnesses to a Massacre: Reports from Inside Tahrir Square as Pro-Mubarak Forces Open Fire on Protesters,” Interview with Selma al-Tarzi and Mona El Seif (DemocracyNow! 3 February 2011).
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