Today, Alexandria is the stronghold of Egypt's extremist Muslim Brotherhood.
And scene of some of the largest -- and most violent -- demonstrations over the past week.
But even here, this revolution belongs to the people -- not to the Muslim Brotherhood.
"They are not the most popular group. But they are the most organized one. And we are about to organize ourselves in order to face them in a free and fair election. So please, we will not see a new Iran!" said Al Amir
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Al Amir, a political science graduate working for the United Nations, was one of many professionals in the crowd. We encountered doctors, bankers, students -- even women with children. All seemingly united by one goal:
"Mubarak has to go, Mubarak has to go!" shouted a group of women.
It was hard to imagine anyone could have silenced these people for so long.
"The government thinks we will stop," said one protester. "We will never do that. We prefer to die."
"No! No!" the crowd shouted, screaming that they will never accept anything from Mubarak.
Here amongst the crowd on the streets of Alexandria you can feel the hatred for the Egyptian president. These people are not interested in compromise. They want Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Suddenly the protestors erupt. A rumor sweeps the crowd: Mubarak is gone.
But it quickly dies, followed by disbelief that the president has not yielded to their will.
The people were surprised Murbarak chose to remain in power.
"Doesn't he have any dignity?" asked a protester. "What Egyptian people are saying 'we don't want you.' Why are you still here?"
There were clashes here tonight following President Mubarak's promise to leave office in September. Protesters we spoke to said it's not enough. They want him gone now, not months from now and they called on Americans to support them.