Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 2

Rachel Beth Anderson

Lara Setrakian (@LaraABCNews) This is a clear and brutal siege on what had been a peaceful protest. Sirens in the background, helicopters overhead. #Jan25
Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) They're attacking all foreigners or those who don't "look" Egyptian. A group confronted me but convinced them I'm "with them". #Jan25

“From among a small group of fellow protesters, a middle-aged woman in a headscarf approached him and tapped him on the shoulder. 'Son, we didn't come to harm our own country,' she said calmly. The man, sweating and grunting, stared at the woman, then picked up his last slab and lifted it high above his head, ready to smash it down on her.” Amil Khan, "With Eyes Red From Rage" (Foreign Policy)

“'This is not Egypt,' one guy told me. Another who was just shattered at seeing today's violence said that he actually started the day with some sympathy for President Mubarak. … Now, he said, he's changed his mind.” Matthew Bell, "Who Started the Fight" (

monasosh (@monasosh) 2 of my friends confirm another one is shot through the head, dead. My friend called me crying #Jan25 this is awful, something has 2 b done
Hossam (@3arabawy) Internet is back!!
Ahmed Mekkawy (@linuxawy) Criminals with swords were attacking protestors yesterday in alexandria while going home, 2 of them cought, we found them NDP members #egypt
VideoDramatic New Images of Cairo Violence

“In my area of Tahrir, the thugs were armed with machetes, straight razors, clubs and stones. And they all had the same chants, the same slogans and the same hostility to journalists. They clearly had been organized and briefed.” Nicholas Kristof, "The View from Tahrir" (The New York Times)

“The Egyptian protest started getting violent early this afternoon, a few minutes after a cheerful girl, about 14 years old, handed me a caramel.” Graeme Wood, "The Battle in Cairo's Tahrir Square" (The Atlantic)

Amira Salah-Ahmed (@Amiralx) Yesterday's protest in Tahrir was v peaceful, never felt safer in such a massive crowd. Today is different, pro-mubarak thugs r ruthless
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) In my part of Tahrir, pro-#Mubarak mobs arrived in buses, armed with machetes, straight-razors and clubs, very menacing.
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) I have noticed a sudden appearance of pro-Mubarak & pro-NDP twitter users? Do you know how much they are being paid? @Sarahngb @Sandmonkey
Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) This morning, Alex seemed on verge of going back to normal but early calm evaporated when aggressive pro#Mubarak groups showed up #egypt


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