CAIRO — Hundreds of thousands of protesters screamed and cheered Friday as it was announced that President Hosni Mubarak was stepping down.
Chanting "Free Egypt!" the crowds exploded in jubilant cries of joy, blaring car horns, dancing in the streets, waving flags and singing after 18 days of protests ousted Mubarak after almost 30 years in office.
People dropped to their knees in prayers. Chants from Tahrir Square where the protests began were audible hundreds of yards away as the announcement was made on state television.