Revolution in Cairo

Day-to-Day Feb. 9


monasosh (@monasosh) By the parliament building, mood is so lively, songs, drums,claps & chants #Jan25
benwedeman (@bencnn) #Egypt schools and universities to remain closed next week-midterm break extended. #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir
Sultan Al Qassemi (@SultanAlQassemi) AFP: Three dead, 100 wounded in clashes in south Egypt town of El Kharga (400km/240miles south of Cairo, Pop ~65,000)

“It's a different world. It will never be the same again. It feels like I'm in a movie, but I don't know how it will end. Every day I have two jobs -- I go to Tahrir during the day and, at night, I protect the buildings in my neighborhood.” Ahmed Youssry, "The Protest Diaries" (FRONTLINE)

“One of the most fascinating things was seeing and hearing all the political conversations everywhere. Someone told me a few nights ago: 'We used to just talk about soccer. Now we talk politics' and it's true.” Ursula Lindsey, "Dispatch from Tahrir" (The Arabist)

“Many in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests in Cairo, have noticed some in the crowds who look out of place. They hold mobile telephones aloft, recording video of the panorama. The protesters suspect these are undercover police documenting who is attending the protests and fear that if they don't win far-reaching concessions soon, an emboldened security establishment will identify and round them up, one by one.” Diaa Hadid and Hadeel Al-Shalchi, "Egypt Protesters Fear Revenge if Mubarak Holds On" (Associated Press)

benwedeman (@bencnn) The #Egypt economy may be collapsing but the flag industry is booming. Selling everywhere. #Jan25 #Tahrir
Jon Jensen (@jonjensen) Here's the new signing greeting visitors to Egypt's parliament: 'Down with the regime.' #jan25 #Mubarak
benwedeman (@bencnn) SMS frm #Egypt Interior Ministry: "From today our dealings with you will be with honesty, trust and lawfulness." Unbelievable. #Tahrir
Evan Hill (@evanchill) You might have problems when you have to position three machine guns on tripods on the second floor balcony of your state TV building.

“It is rare that the most important piece of equipment in your bag is the bag itself, even more rare for that bag to be a black plastic trash sack slung over your shoulder as you walk past pro-government thugs on a bridge over the River Nile. The trash bag's purpose, of course, is to conceal your large nylon camera bag, which is likely to get you grabbed off the street by the aforementioned thugs.” Stephen Farrell, "What Not to Bring to Tahrir Square" (The New York Times)

“El Fishawy sneers at the screen. Reform in Egypt might be good, he said, but a room full of customers would be even better.” Jon Jensen, "Outside Tahrir, Longing for Normalcy" (GlobalPost)

“As popular anger against the Egyptian regime swelled last month, Saeed was locked up in a prison at a Cairo police station. The station's chief approached him with a bargain: Saeed would attack and help disperse the protesters that were converging on Cairo's Tahrir Square -- and in return, Saeed recalled, the chief would erase the drug and illegal-arms-possession charges pending against him.” Sam Dagher, "Thugs-for-Hire Leave Mark on Protests, Egyptians Say" (The Wall Street Journal)

“Mubarak dies and meets Nasser and Sadat in the afterlife. They ask him, 'Poison or parade?' (Conspiracy theorists allege Nasser was poisoned; Sadat was assassinated during a military parade.) Mubarak shrugs and answers: 'Facebook.'” Britt Peterson, "Pharoah's Still Funny" (Foreign Policy)

“They got a bayonet and threatened to rape me with it. Then they waved it between my legs. They said I could die there or I could disappear into prison and no one would ever know. The torture was painful but the idea of disappearing in a military prison was really frightening.” Chris McGreal "Egypt's Army 'Involved in Detentions and Torture'" (The Guardian)

“Egypt's labor movement has been the sleeping giant of the past two weeks' protests, and its involvement could amount to a real fillip for the antigovernment demonstrations. The workers bring experience at protests and organization to the youth-led protest movement, whose efforts to extract major concessions from Egypt's government was beginning to stall as it entered its third week.” Matt Bradley, "Egyptian Labor Joins in Protests" (The Wall Street Journal)


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