The Egyptians promised to return to Tahrir Square every Friday until all their demands were met, so i spend yesterday afternoon checking it out.
My passport and bag are checked three times as i make the 1.5km walk from my pension to the square. Tanks are placed at every corner, and i fear this might not be such a smart idea.
Nonetheless, although the crowd is large – maybe some 5000 people there is very much a carnival atmosphere. Slogans are chanted, revolutionary songs sung, souvenir sellers plying their trade and a complete mix of people – young and old, men and women, orthodox Moslems and secular, able bodied and disabled. At times it looks more like a market-place.
Plain clothes offices mingle, but nothing kicks off. With my camera equipment a number of locals thank me for my “reporting”, and i don’t like to disappoint them by informing them i am just a passing tourist.
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despite the threats of violense all remains peaceful
a revolution becomes a cash cow - good business for flag sellars
it could have turned nasty - sparing a thought for Libya
young women have their say
the Cairo youth revolutionists
fun for all the family
even the disabled join in the street demonstrations
Post Script: With a curfew at 12am, the police/army moved in at midnight with batons and beat the protestors.