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4 new photosMidan Tahrir (Liberation square) was chosen to be the centre of the Revolution and became a sort of temporary community which some named Republic of Tahrir (or Republic of Liberation, as you like). Many people lived there during the 18 days that took overt…See more
Midan Tahrir (Liberation square) was chosen to be the centre of the Revolution and became a sort of temporary community which some named Republic of Tahrir (or Republic of Liberation, as you like). Many people lived there during the 18 days that took overthrowing Mubarak. Today, some want to stay there.
I took these pics on Feb 5, 6, 8 and 11, before Mubarak’s escape was announced (I’ve already posted that night’s photos).
Here’s what you will find:
– Signs of the crescent and the cross together, signaling Muslims and Christians unity and mutual support.
– Muslims praying before the tanks.
– A football referee showing a red card for Mubarak
– A political cartoons workshop
– The barricade facing the 6th of October bridge, where some of the worst clashes against Mubarak’s thugs took place
– People sitting or sleeping almost underneath the tanks, showing their readiness to stop them should they try to move over the little Republic
– People watching photos of the shuhada (martyrs) who were killed during the Revolution
– Photos of us a night we slept at Tahrir
– and more…
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Constitution suspended, parliament dissolved, elections called in september but Mubarak-appointed cabinet stays: “They are making almost all the right noises”, a protester told me, “but a lot remains to be seen”
Mubarak’s destructive stubbornness badly damaged the country’s image and tourism -a very important source of income for its poor people- has plummeted. Egyptians are as lovely as ever and perhaps more, because they want visitors. And besides many offers, you will have the outstanding chance to enjoy the pyramids and other sights almost on your own!
There’s a small confrontation in Tahrir, I hear. The remaining protesters who don’t want to lower the guard before getting guarantees that real change is coming, have been corralled by soldiers who are removing barricades and tents. On learning this, hundreds or thousands of Egyptians resolved to head to the square to resist the army’s pressure
Talking about zoos… will the Saudis set up one of their own? It’d be a big tourism draw! “The Ousted Arab Dictators Jurassic Park”, I suggest. They got Tunisia’s Ben Ali already. They can wait for Bouteflika, Ghadafi, Mohamed VI and Abbas soon. A special Persian dungeon should be made for Ahmadinejad. They shouldn’t let Mubarak go elsewhere or die, kidnap him now!
Saturday in Egypt is like Sunday in the West, a perfect day for celebrating freedom. Tahrir square became a bit of a zoo: a lot of people who stayed home watching State TV during the 18 days of Revolution, came to be part of it and see the tents, the banners and the people who made all this happen (those previously portrayed as crazy and foreign-controlled by State TV)
About the “risk of Islamisation”: this was Mubarak’s golden argument to justify his dictatorship and make himself valuable to the West. And it’s greatly exaggerated. The Muslim Brotherhood is far from Al Qaeda. And people here are thinking in jobs and votes, not in radical Islam. Muslims and Christians made a point of being together and supporting each other
Some of my friends and a lot of media are assuming that Mubarak won’t be able to enjoy the billions he stole because the Swiss have frozen his assets. Sorry to say it’s not like this. Nobody knows how much money he has in Switzerland, if any at all. The Swiss gov’t launched a common procedure, which starts by asking the banks information on Mubarak’s accounts