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February 8th, 2011
09:55 PM ET

Massive Protest in Egypt: Join the Live Chat

Despite the predictions of many that the protests in Egypt would shrink in size or simply go away, today the exact opposite happened. We'll show you the protests up close. Plus, just how much is Pres. Mubarak worth? We have Tom Foreman checking into that angle. And, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Abdullah

    The Honest reporting that you are doing on your show the past couple of nights including tonight is spot on. As a proud egyptian these days, I think you have a clear understanding to the lies that we have been fed by the regime for the past 3 decades and can read through their desperate tactics. Please do keep informing the world of it.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Yerko

    @maha the exact thing i was thinking about as I was just going over some tweets on twitter

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  3. abonaseem

    Great job the first honest coverage I have seen in years. Thanks to the entire CNN team for the great Egypt anylysis. The truth..

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Jude

    There must be something the US can do to help these people. Please President Obama this is what you must have meant by change is coming. Take the right political leap and tell the regime we are coming for them.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Juliet

    Glad ur back AC. Obama needs to earn his Peace Prize and do something to make us a proud ppl.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  6. rachel

    Anderson,

    I agree with Adam! Please keep covering this incredibly vital story. Do not stop putting a critical eye on the Egyptian regime or the US administration. I also fear for the protesters safety right now if the world turns its back. I am so grateful that between CNN and Al Jazeera English I have been able to get the news I need about this story. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who are working so hard to make the peoples voices heard. I want the Egyptian protesters to know that Americans care and are listening.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  7. Max Mohamed

    A very proud moment for those who believe in freedom for all mankind.

    There was a time when the US stood firmly with those who seek liberty.
    Those were the days when US Presidents would say the following
    " Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable".

    Is President Obama making a peaceful revolution impossible?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  8. lisal -canada

    the people should start their own internal registry of people who are, have been, or may be concerned for their future – kind of an "if you are worried for your safety, register here with a description of why etc" – the people there seem to be starting to get organized – if they end up working in a more democratic system, perhaps they should start documenting these things themselves

    if people are concerned about disappearing, like they use with children on a field-trip – use the buddy system – at least one person should be aware of whether any single person is considered missing

    February 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  9. Andy, Europe

    I don't get this talk about amending the constitution, it is rather about rewriting a complete new constitution. We are talking about setting up a complete new Republic here. That is what a revolution is all about.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Karyn, Indiana

    @Maha: Yes, I see the writing on the wall! I am praying that it doesn't get to that point.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Nancy

    The Egyptians although Arab, are also quite different in many ways. They are moderate people they dont like extremism, and they are extremely fun-loving. That paired up with the fact that the Muslim and Christian population are extremely united , so I think that combination will give them a good chance at having a moderate democracy.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  12. MOHAMED ABDOU

    AS Mubarak was scaring US from MOSLEMS BROTHERS, to keep authority for himself.
    he do the same game to egyptians ppl to lie to them and say US the power behind the mass in egypt today.
    US should not allow him to damage the good relations between US and egyptians.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  13. ahmad maklad

    hi andy,today more than 10 million egyptians took to the streets demandin the step down of mubarak ,its now crystal clear that the egyptians are "fed up"of him.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  14. tracy

    Anderson, please never forget these people. They need us now more than ever. I have visited Egypt several times and stay for months at a time and live with the locals, my in-laws. Beautiful people who deserve all the freedoms that we as Americans take for granted. Keep up the good fight!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  15. M Salah

    Mubarak will leave to Germany for treatment , without kicked out from power ,now what ? His government will continue his obsessive regime

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This story will slowly fizzle and the Mubarak will simply round up the opposition.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Terry Lynch

    How clueless can Mubarak be to appoint his chief torturer as the VP and how clueless is our government to pin our hopes on this man. Aren't we tired of supporting dictators as we have time and time again over the course of history?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  18. naeil khaireddin

    thoank you inded for givin honest truth coverge for egypt protester.Iapreciate all your efforts sershing for the truth and keep going please.... please.... please ....please please. THANK YIU

    February 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Carolyn

    Anderson... I do believe that Egypt can absolutely handle Democracy... they want their chance, and they ought to have their own Democracy!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  20. NicholasRicca

    i belive they are ready

    February 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Maha

    Two chilling moments today:
    1. When VP Suleiman stated that Egypt is not ready for democracy.
    2. When he said that the government won't tolerated the protesters much longer.

    Can you see where this is going?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Yerko

    @starr I agree. If they try to wait it out then who knows what could happen. What if the people start getting impatient and start doing the things they were doing on day 6 or 7, when it was violent. Therefore having the gov't turn on its own people...I hope they are not waiting for that

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Walid

    Your coverage of the Egyptian revolution, is one of the best, but what you said tonight in the beginning of your show sums what many of us Egyptians want to say to the regime. Keep it up AC. The world and more importantly some Egyptians need to know what kind of government they have, and how credible it is.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Aly

    I think the White House's actions are sufficient for now. Obama has already suggested that he would like Mubarak to start the transition as soon as possible. The US government should stand on the sideline and let the Egyptian people fight their own fight

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  25. nancyinoregon

    'Can't put up with demonstrations like today much longer'? Uh oh.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Brian

    There has to be more to this story. I doubt the press is getting full truth behind Mubarek's refusal to let go of power. This can't be just about pride and a stubborn attitude.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Karyn, Indiana

    @Louis: Yes, the net came back up last Wednesday

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Perrihan

    No fancy words Anderson, just a simple "Thank You" for reporting the Truth. Yours truly, a hopeful and proud Egyptian.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  29. nancyinoregon

    Do you like to see revolution, Charles? I have mixed feelings about it...it's necessary and very brave, often, but it's fraught with horrendous behaviors, and not just on one side or another. The French Revolution was a nightmare. I don't like everything that people do when whipped up...or when some see an opening for chaos and exploitation. So it makes me nervous as well as hopeful.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  30. MOHAMED ABDOU

    Anderson,
    u have been in tahrir square with egypt ppl,have u seen any terrorists?
    now, pls tell american who is the terrorist and who is the ally,.
    egyptians is US REAL ALLY.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Louis Harris

    My only question is, has the internet been turned back on?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Best scenario is that the Army takes over and installs a new president who slowly liberalizes the country.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Although many, have acknowledged that Mubarak's regime has been a dictatorship, Joe Biden denies it and Obama was reluctant to come out and condemn the actions of the Egyptian government until the last minute.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Karyn, Indiana

    @Starr: I agree with you totally:)

    February 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  35. nancyinoregon

    I can imagine the need for some version of 'emergency rule' right now, though...many humans beings will exploit the situation, like the looters did in the early days of this. (I have a tremendously low opinion of looters. Hyenas.)

    February 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There are 47 majority Muslim countries without one real democracy which allows freedom of speech and religion. Odds aren't good for it to happen in Egypt.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  37. NicholasRicca

    I hope Egypt is freed completly soon

    February 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Robert

    I now know a new arabic word: Tahrir = Liberation. Thank you for the outstanding coverage!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    My deep concern is that the Egytian gov. may be able to wait the protestors out.
    The gov. has not demonstrated Any action to assist with a transition – it is not in their interest.
    State TV tells unthruths, there are constant contrdictions.
    I, as i know many others, really want to see transparent, serious efforts to oganize a democratic gov. soon!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Charles : Mesa, Az

    I'm so grateful to be able to witness a revolution. It's one thing to read and quite another to see with my own eyes. This is truley the power of the people in action. The elite don't have all the power; thats just a myth that the rich and powerful were starting to believe. The people of Egypt have poven them wrong. You're making them shake in their boots.
    Go! Egyption citizens !

    February 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Nancy

    Mubarak and his government have been trying to cover up the lies,theft, and fraud for years. Anyone that has lived in Egypt knew there was no "democracy", yet Mubarak managed to lie to the entire world for years.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Janis

    As a viewer of AC360 and other news programs reporting the protesters in Tehrir Sq. I have come to feel a responsibility in keeping watch for their safety's sake.

    I hope others feel that way. As citizens of the world we do have a responsibility to help others who may be in harms way – that's love of humanity.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  43. nancyinoregon

    Transparency...I wonder how transparent we can expect people to be, though. Not sure.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Victor

    What is happening is Egypt should not be cnfused with democrasy. What Egypt needs now is not free speech like America. Speech freedom in America has been abused and jihadists can use to spread their bad intentions. What Egypt needs is a president supported by good egypt pple and not those who spread vilence. And finally,jounalists pliz dont use ur tactics to spread violence. Let Egyptians decide what they want and not influence

    February 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Adam

    Anderson,
    Please, please, do not let this story go. As a former journalism professor who had almost given up on cable news, I am thrilled to see the seriousness of your coverage. I am now glued tom your show every night. Much appreciated. I hope that you and the producers at CNN know you have many new viewers who will watch serious coverage of important events. Thanks, and please keep it up.
    Adam

    February 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Agamy

    Good Evening Anderson,

    God bless you for continue to cover the Egyptian revolution. As an Egyptian, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  47. nancyinoregon

    It's so common for those in power to blame 'infiltrators' when members rally for change. Not just in governments, in families too. I've seen it so often. The 'everything was fine until THEY came along' idea.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  48. lilly

    good evening everyone, running late on joining you.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "A change is going to come!"

    February 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Mary Ann

    Dear Anderson,
    Thank you for your bravery covering this story in Egypt and continuing to cover it here. It's so important that a light continues to shine on the couragous battle the Egyptians are waging.
    Mary Ann

    February 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
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