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On nearby streets, young men beat drums and chanted a new version of the uprising’s most common rallying cry: “The people demand the clearing of the streets,” they chanted, trying to encourage the crowds of people, still celebrating, to disperse.

Although many activists still fear retribution from Mubarak supporters still in positions of power, the army has said it will not punish protesters.

“We will not pursue honest people who fought against corruption in the country,” read a statement aired on state television Friday. “In light of recent events and that passage of power … and in the interest of stability and security of the country, we guarantee the end of the state of emergency.”