Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt – Day 14

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

There are some incredible photographs to be found on the internet. Frightening, horrifying, wonderful, terrifying, uplifting, joyous – yet all taken in or around Tahrir Square.

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From BBC Website

  • Protesters demanding the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak are continuing to occupy Cairo’s Tahrir Square, blocking off a large area in the centre of the capital.
  • In other areas traffic is once again clogging the streets as people return to work. But schools and the stock exchange remain closed.
  • On Sunday, opposition groups took part in talks with the government. Afterwards, the Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, said no substantive concessions had been offered.
  • Correspondents in Cairo say the protesters are in no mood to compromise. They want President Mubarak to leave office now and for parliament to be dissolved.

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt – Day 10

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

While I have been safe and ensconced in front of my computer writing fatuous pictorial blog entries and worrying about: getting a job; if the band will take off; what to write with view to podcasting, etc, a couple of thousand miles away Egypt is in the middle of a revolution.

Today is day ten. It’s taken me ten bloody days to get to grips with it and that worries me … a lot.

The thing is this world on which we live is tiny in real terms, yet to us as individuals it’s HUGE. I know I should be worried about those that have died in the name of freedom in Tahrir Square; those that are sitting there at this very moment. And yet….

There are children starving, entire nations without hope, and I live in relative luxury and feed the cats with food I’d not touch yet others would kill for. What kind of person does that make me?

This ongoing struggle for democracy in Egypt is opening my eyes. I take democracy for granted and yet the whole world is changing, ever faster, in front of my blinkered eyes.

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From the BBC Website

  • Anti-government protesters have clashed with groups of government loyalists once again, 10 days since mass protests began.
  • President Hosni Mubarak says in an interview with US broadcaster ABC that he is fed up of being in power, but fears chaos if he steps down immediately.
  • The authorities have arrested a growing number of journalists, charity workers and rights activists.