An Anthropologist's Diary of the Egyptian Revolution and what followed.
By Samuli Schielke
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Samuli's LATEST news from Cairo 02-02-2011
DANIELA HERE - WAS TRAVELLING THE WHOLE MORNING AND JUST ARRIVED IN ROTTERDAM!
HERE SAMULI'S NEWS FROM NOON CAIRO TIME UNTIL NOW
As the situation is too tense he retrieved to a friends house near Talaat Harb and tries to get online, as the internet seems to be open today again. Stay tuned!
16:27: Because Hosni Mubarak couldn't use the army to crush the demonstrators, he now mobilises his citizens to attack their fellow citizens.
16:18: A man just tried to bring water & juice to the contra demonstration. he was stopped, his water taken, but he was let go. Big chain of people stands facing the pro demonstrators to stop them from entering. Situation very tense. Confrontation likely!
15:26: Henri Onodera reports that thugs of NDP have attacked the demonstration on Tahrir. Meanwhile pro-Mubarak demo passing through 26 July St gathers huge crowds."
14:48: The pro-Mubarak demonstration is currently heading for the TV headquaters, which hopefully means that the situation remains peaceful. If it does, that may be the seed of peaceful transition to democracy after all.
14:15: Pro demonstration is big. Spontaneous analysis of the mood in the streets in central Cairo: most Egyptians are happy with what they got - no re-election of Mubarak, new parliamentary elections, new minister of interior. It is far less than what the demonstrators asked, and ensures the continuation of the old system. But heated discussions continue in the streets. My worry now is, that the pro demonstrators will try to break the contra demonstrations.
14:00: The pro Mubarak demonstrations on 26 July St. is gaining some support from bystanders. His televison speech yesterday together with the fear of chaos has made a good part of the people to turn to spport him. So far, everything remains peaceful.
13:07: A continuous stream of people entering Tahrir Square. Today will be a big demonstration as well, though probably not as big as yesterday.
12:41: Situation today more nervous and tense. The government has effectively reached to split people apart. The coming days will show, how lasting the revolution is...