Friend and fellow GW colonial, Jason Stern, just posted his reflections on a day spent in Tahrir Square–and not just any day. July 8 will be remembered for its massive protests–the largest since Mubarak’s fall on February 11–challenging the absence of justice and general sluggishness of revolutionary gains. Be sure to check out his website and today’s post, “In Tahrir at Last.” Here’s a sample of what he saw:
The underlying sectarian tension belied the festival atmosphere. So too did the real anger felt towards the regime. The Muslim Brotherhood stage featured a series of speeches by the mothers of martyrs killed during the revolution. Some thanked God for the honor of becoming a martyr family, some yelled angrily about the crimes of the regime, others just simply cried. At one point, thousands chanted in unison for the execution of those responsible for killing martyrs. One chant leader, sitting on his friend’s shoulders, riled up the crowd, his eyes and neck veins bulging in rage. At another stage, a small Mubarak effigy was hung by a noose, the puppet body clad in a prominent Star of David.
Also check out Steve Cook’s quickie on Tahrir.