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On Friday night, the square already was packed with protesters when the announcement of Mr. Mubarak’s resignation drew thousands from every corner of the city to what is now considered and Egyptian icon of freedom.

Attempts to control the crowd were soon abandoned. With barely any room to move, revelers squished pass rows of soldiers in riot gear, who watched casually. Other soldiers stood on tanks, while the crowds below waved flags and shouted, “The army and the people are one.”

Revelers across the country said their victory was not just for Egypt, but for the whole world. Inspired by the uprising in Tunis last month, Egyptians say they have proven that it is possible to take on powerful government and win.

Mubarak lost. We won,” said Alexandrian lawyer Ashraf El-Deib, as firecrackers erupted in Cairo. “If any government is bad, they have to change it. They have to learn from us, and learn from Tunis, too.”

As cars honked late into the night across Cairo and revelers continued to hoot in joy, massive posters of the people killed in the uprising hung over the square, reminding the crowd of the gravity of the event.

“Those who died for their country,” one group sang as they danced in Tahir Square, “will be waiting for us in heaven.”

This article is based in part on wire service reports.