So I had been seeing over the past couple of days reports by some outlets in the US media that the Egyptian protests were losing steam. So much for that.
The Guardian Live Blog Interesting note is that workers in various places have been going on strike in support of the protests.
Al Jazeera Live Blog One of the interesting things I have seen, is that people are getting married in Tahrir square.
BTW: Entertainers have been releasing songs about the events of the revolution. Via the Guardian Blog:
Here's one. The video consists of scenes from the revolution, violence and all, so be careful.
#Jan25 Egypt - Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman (Prod. by Sami Matar)
The different shades of Tahir
As long as protesters occupy the most prominent public space in Cairo – indeed in the whole country – they cannot be ignored by the international media or their own government, despite efforts by the army to contain the demonstrations and return life to normal.
Such an occupation, by hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, requires supplies and a degree of organisation.
In the square, both have been achieved on an impressively ad-hoc basis. Leaders have emerged and committees have been formed, but the roughly 55,000 square metre "Republic of Tahrir Square" – as some inside are calling it – still operates on a mostly informal system of economy and defence.
On the perimetre of the square, teams of men – most ranging in age from early 20s to mid-40s – guard barricades made of debris and form checkpoints to ensure identification of guards and give thorough pat-downs to make sure no one brings in weapons.
Some wear laminated badges bearing the Egyptian flag, others identify their job – "Security" – with a piece of tape. Such checkpoints sprang up from the beginning of the occupation and now co-ordinate with army troops who mostly stand on the side and observe proceedings.
Past the checkpoints, a protester sometimes waits to provide visiting journalists with the number of a media co-ordinator or an international organisation to call if they have any complaints about treatment at the hands of the government or government-backed "baltageya" – thugs.
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