22 October, 2020

Khamsin An Arabian Folktale

They filled Cairo’s streets, change is in the air. What will a cornered Mubarak do?

AP
Khamsin An Arabian Folktale
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The area of ground separating them was just a few hundred yards but the political divide between the two sides who were raining down rocks and stones on each other may now be impossible to bridge. I was standing on the edge, at Tahrir or ‘Liberation’ Square. One of Cairo’s most famous landmarks is now a battleground. The pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators have been engaging in running street battles for days. Automatic gunfire punctuated the screams and shouts and the sound of the sidewalk being broken up for ammunition. I was on the frontline of that battle with the young men, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak goes. They had just breached the barricades of the pro-Mubarak camp, which many here believe are government security men dressed in civilian clothes. They poured through the cracks between the burnt-out cars and trucks lying on their sides on the road. I ran through with them. Men holding their bleeding heads or carrying their unconscious comrades staggered past in the other direction. Tanks now stand where hawkers...

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