Closed captioning of: Egypt finds its new voice
for so long had no voice in their country's destiny were loudly exercising their new-found right of free speech across a
of society and as the work week is parted in
, no place symbolized the country's new beginning that tahrir
. at the height of the protest this is what the famous
looked like. by contrast, look at what it looked like today. note the automobile traffic that's returned to the hub of the sprawling city. this was also the day
learned the fine points of what this revolution has brought them in terms of what will be governing the country and for how long. nbc's
starts out from
. good evening.
good evening. the
consolidated its grip on power but insists that
here will only be temporary as
are now trying to push their
forward to claim
. the army is realizing how difficult it is to manage this country with its new expectations.
moved in to re-open tahrir
to traffic. the army started to remove some of the protesters' tents. there were scuffles as some demonstrators refused to go.
the military tried to move the people out of the
but the people refused.
today, the military did firmly put itself in control. in a statement read on television, the military's
which took over for
immediately suspended the constitution, dissolved parliament and assigned the military to command for six months until elections are held for a new president and parliament. the military said it will only oversee what it called "a transition to the democracy, dignity and freedom that the e1yi7
have demanded." still, some protesters claim to the
worry if they leave the promise of democracy might just melt away. they fought to keep this
, slept here, shed blood here. already with the amazing speed of this uprising, they've erected a monument in granite in the
for the martyrs of the revolution.
today caught on to the power of what they've done. they were protests on what seemed like every corner. every grievance is bubbling up. in just a few hours, walking through
today, we found journalists protesting against their editor-in-chief, accusing him of picking favorites. protesters at the
say the ceo has ties to
's son, gamal. no one will be silenced anymore. we'll speak our mind everywhere. it is enough, he said. nearby, musicians were protesting their union boss. a few blocks away, demonstrators at another
accuse the ceo of corruption. there is a feeling of empowerment here. people thought if they came out and made a stand they could achieve their
want it to translate to their offices and factories. people say they are no longer willing to accept corruption and mismanagement.
everyone is settling scores. until
was forced out
broadcast nothing but government propaganda. it turned out to be a bad choice. this cell phone video shows the employees of the state broadcasters today chasing down their news director, until he was hidden in an office by soldiers. but perhaps the biggest sign of how different egypt has become was this. police out protesting. the same police that unsuccessfully tried to crush the
today, were themselves protesting for better wages and they got them. the
doubled every low-ranking policeman's salary. more pay as the police here are trying to re-invent themselves with a new image. police realize they've been hated here for years because of scenes like this. an undated video shows an officer humiliating a detainee with constant slaps to the face. and other policemen laugh. today, the
opened a website for citizens to send in complaints. as
have discovered the power of expressing themselves. 30 years of grievances have been pent up here, lester.
have finally found a voice to address them.
folks, they have a lot to get off their chest.