'This Week' Transcript: Crisis in Egypt

AMANPOUR (voice-over): Violence flared that night as firing starting into the crowd. Morning brought with it some calm.

(on-screen): Inside the barricades, again, the protesters are lining up, their own civil defense here prepared for what might happen this afternoon.

(voice-over): All over the square, we saw the weary and the wounded, their foreheads, noses, faces bandaged and bloodied. Reinforcements were pouring in. People came with new supplies, bottled water and bread, blankets, digging in for the long haul.

(on-screen): Well, this is fruit juice, and this is...

(UNKNOWN): Cotton.

AMANPOUR: Cotton and sutures and surgical gloves.

(on-screen): It was then that we heard we were going to get our exclusive interview with Vice President Omar Suleiman. On our way there, we were apprehensive; journalists had come under attack all day and at one point an angry mob surrounded our car.

We reached the palace, which is surrounded at this point by tanks, under military escort. And as our cameraman was setting up for our exclusive interview with Vice President Omar Suleiman, I asked if I could see President Mubarak. Within minutes, I was whisked into a reception room to see him.

I asked him how he was. He said, "I feel strong." He said, "I'm not the kind of person to run." And he said, "I will die on Egyptian soil."

When I asked him about whether he would step down now, he said to me, "You know, Christiane, I've been in public service for 62 years, and now I'm fed up and I want to retire." He said he didn't care what people were saying about him right now. He said that he cared only about his country, about Egypt, and that when the time comes, he said he would die in Egypt.

When we returned to Tahrir Square the next day, we were surrounded by people who had heard about my meeting with the president and who wanted to ask me about it.

(on-screen): I spoke to him yesterday. I saw him at the palace. And I said to him, "There are people who tell me they don't trust you when you say you will step down." And he said, "I've made my decision."

(UNKNOWN): What did he say exactly?

AMANPOUR: He said that he felt that he had met your demands.

(UNKNOWN): No, he's a liar. He's a -- he's a big liar. We don't believe him at all.

AMANPOUR (voice-over): Now, with the White House pushing publicly for a quicker political process to start and help the transition along, these protesters are growing impatient for just that.

(UNKNOWN): (OFF-MIKE) steps down. We don't trust him.

(UNKNOWN): The war on the ground, the struggle has been achieved. We still have not achieved the political battle.

(UNKNOWN): We need a book called the Constitution. If we brought in a person that we don't like, the next time we don't vote him in.

AMANPOUR: But there are many Egyptians who are just as impatient for these protests, which have brought the economy to a screeching halt, to end.

(UNKNOWN): Go back to work and continue our lives.

AMANPOUR (on-screen): So what do you think should happen now?

(UNKNOWN): We think it should stop. I mean (inaudible) what has been granted by the government and the concessions they made is enough for now.

AMANPOUR: For the first time in the last couple of days, we're walking freely on this bridge, which has been the sight of clashes, of surrounding journalists, of being hostile. Today, it's peaceful.

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