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    >>> for so long had no voice in their country's destiny were loudly exercising their new-found right of free speech across a broad spectrum of society and as the work week is parted in cairo , no place symbolized the country's new beginning that tahrir square . at the height of the protest this is what the famous square 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 egyptians 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 richard engel starts out from cairo . good evening.

    >> reporter: good evening. the egyptian military consolidated its grip on power but insists that military rule here will only be temporary as egyptians are now trying to push their democracy movement forward to claim basic rights . the army is realizing how difficult it is to manage this country with its new expectations. military police moved in to re-open tahrir square 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 square but the people refused.

    >> reporter: today, the military did firmly put itself in control. in a statement read on television, the military's high command which took over for mubarak 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 shan people have demanded." still, some protesters claim to the square worry if they leave the promise of democracy might just melt away. they fought to keep this square , slept here, shed blood here. already with the amazing speed of this uprising, they've erected a monument in granite in the square for the martyrs of the revolution. egyptians 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 cairo today, we found journalists protesting against their editor-in-chief, accusing him of picking favorites. protesters at the national bank say the ceo has ties to mubarak '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 state bank 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 political rights . now egyptians 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 mubarak was forced out state television 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 democracy movement today, were themselves protesting for better wages and they got them. the interior ministry 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 interior ministry opened a website for citizens to send in complaints. as egyptians have discovered the power of expressing themselves. 30 years of grievances have been pent up here, lester. egyptians have finally found a voice to address them.

    >> folks, they have a lot to get off their chest.

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  1. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Feb. 11. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Egyptians set off fireworks as they celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after President Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military. (Khalil Hamra / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the resignation of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington D.C. (Carolyn Kaster / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military on Friday. Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday. (Khalil Hamra / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Protesters walk over a barricade after it was taken down to allow free entry to hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011. A furious wave of protest finally swept Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak from power, sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond. (Yannis Behrakis / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A spokesman for Egypt's higher military council reads a statement titled “Communiqué No. 3” in this video still on Friday. Egypt's higher military council said it would announce measures for a transitional phase after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. (Reuters Tv / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Egyptian celebrates in Cairo after the announcement of President Mubarak's resignation. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. A furious wave of protest finally swept Mubarak from power after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation in the streets. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. An Egyptian reacts in the street after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, Feb. 11. (Amr Nabil / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation on Friday. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Egyptian soldiers celebrate with anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square on Friday. Cairo's streets exploded in joy when Mubarak stepped down after three-decades of autocratic rule and handed power to a junta of senior military commanders. (Marco Longari / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Egyptians celebrate the news of Mubarak's resignation in Tahrir Square on Friday. (Tara Todras-whitehill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. An Egyptian woman cries as she celebrates the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, Friday night, in Tahrir Square, Cairo. (Tara Todras-whitehill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate minutes after the announcement on television of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had resigned. (Khaled Elfiqi / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Opposition protesters celebrate Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, in Tahrir Square on Friday. President Mubarak bowed to pressure from the street and resigned, handing power to the army. (Suhaib Salem / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Mubarak's resignation in Cairo on Friday. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. On Egyptian state television, Al-Masriya, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman delivers an address announcing that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, in Cairo on Friday. (TV via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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