Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 4

Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) Loads of people intending on sleeping in Tahrir tonight. Learnt from the mistake of leaving on Tuesday which made thugs' job easier.
Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing)Good to see many of the newly arrived ones bringing food and drink supplies in. #Tahrir

“Past the barbed wire and the tanks and the military checkpoints and then five other levels of security set up by the protesters themselves, we finally entered Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolt in Egypt.” Charles M. Sennott, "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire" (FRONTLINE)

“We saw more than 20 people, Westerners and Egyptians, blindfolded and handcuffed. The room had been empty when we arrived the evening before. 'We could be treating you a lot worse,' he said in a flat tone, the facts speaking for themselves. Marwan said Egyptians were being held in the thousands. During the night we heard them being beaten, screaming after every blow.” Souad Mekhennet and Nicholas Kulish "2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police's Methods Firsthand" (The New York Times)

“On Friday, Cairo felt nebulous, in limbo and divided. It felt like two worlds: inside Tahrir Square and outside.” Wendell Steavenson "Inside and Outside Tahrir Square" (The New Yorker)

VideoTahrir Resistance

“Using a tape measure and chalkmarks on the ground, the protesters organized themselves into neat lines for Friday prayer. So many newcomers appeared in the prayer lines that the bandaged heads were in the minority, although many still wore the headgear -- including hardhats and hunting caps -- that protected them as they dodged rocks yesterday.” Graeme Wood, "Reenergized Protestors Ready to Keep Fighting Off Attacks in Tahrir Square" (The Atlantic)

“I spent yesterday speaking to people along some of the rural stretches the Cairo-Alex agricultural road. Almost everyone I spoke to was pro-Mubarak. They seemed to have been genuinely moved by Mubarak's resignation speech. They felt sorry for an old man humiliated.” Silawa "The Art of Counter-Revolution" (The Arabist)

Sandmonkey (@Sandmonkey) This, more than anything, has been a war of ideas. Ours is freedom, personal rights & end of dictatorship; theirs isn't. #jan25
Sandmonkey (@Sandmonkey) The scene of Tahrir right now is incredible. Millions of people praying. Reverence. Very powerful. It looks like Mecca in haj. #jan25
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) Ahmad Shafik: Protesters want to leave but feel obliged to each other & to friends to remain in Meydan Tahrir
Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) Imam in Alexandria: There is no longer any room for compromises. The Egyptian people are OVER the state of fear. #egypt #jan25 #mubarak

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