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6e: Amira – Women at Tahrir Square

By Carlos Latuff

[Prelude: Read my post for background information about what happened during the Egyptian Revolution.]

Saturday, January 29th – Evening

Amira was sandwiched between women to her right and men to her left. People flooded into Tahrir Square. The crowd condensed. The men and women clambered closer towards Amira. The young man standing on a fence to Amira’s right lead the chants. An Egyptian flag tied like a cape around his neck. His arms flew up in the air, beckoning God to answer their plea. The crowd roared and heaved after every statement he made.

Safwat Hegazy, a famous Egyptian TV commentator, popped up on someones shoulders. Everyone shifted their attention to him. Amira could only make out a few words. He was very passionate, his arms flailing and his facial expressions fierce and fiery. Amira roared, cheered and lost her voice with the crowd. Amira was sweating despite the cold February breeze. Amira could feel the heat pulsating from the bodies around her. Continue reading

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5d: Youssef and Minna: The Tahrir Square Couple

[Prelude: Read my post for background information about what happened during the Egyptian Revolution.]

January 25th – Morning

“My parents won’t let me go to Tahrir Square, please come speak to them!”
Minna murmured through tears and gasps. Youssef guessed Minna had gotten into another fight with her parents. Youssef didn’t like getting involved in arguments between Minna and her parents, even though she was his fiance and they were his in-laws. This time it was different.

Youssef rang the doorbell to Minna’s house. Youssef waited, unable to stand still. He was itching to join the protests. His friend had just told him the rallies were massive, larger than anyone had expected. A minute later the door swung open, Minna’s large father filling up the door frame. His mustache messy, his eyes wide with anger, and his cheeks flushed.

“Is everything okay?” Youssef was scared to bring up the issue of joining the protests, he pretended to not know what was going on.

“Your fiance wants to go to Tahrir Square. She says you’re going and she wants to go with you. This is crazy!” Continue reading

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