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Celebration Demonstration, February 18th

I’ve just gotten back from Tahrir, which I have to say is an incredible sight right now.  The daytime shots here are from today’s demonstrations, the nighttime shots from a few nights ago.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite this many people there, even at the height of the protests.  Everyone has an Egyptian flag, larger ones bought for 5-15 Egyptian pounds and smaller ones distributed for free by the Army. Families are demonstrating together, parents teaching their children the chants and talking to them about the struggle of the past weeks.  You can see the parents’ pride in their eyes as they talk to their children, and I’m confident that for many of these kids these will be memories that will last a lifetime.  The air of euphoria I talked about sensing when I got back here on Sunday lingers in Tahrir today.

The demonstrations are designed to continue like this, once a week on Fridays after noon prayer, until the new government is elected.  That said, many in the crowd of demonstrators today had alot to say about their demands for their country; ideas for moving forward are beginning to take shape.

As I watch the news of surrounding countries facing unrest and upheaval, I can’t help but think of the importance Egypt plays in this part of the world.  This country really is a regional catalyst, setting cultural and academic tones and precedents for many of its neighbors.  Hopefully the peaceful demonstrations of today and the large success the Egyptian people have achieved over the past weeks will soon be reflected in the countries undergoing their own struggles right now.

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  1. Aunt Susan
    February 19, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Hi Tommy. Meaghan is sleeping over my house tonight and I just showed her the cnn video with you in it. She wants to tell you “Good Job” and that she loves you so much. We watched it twice and giggled the whole time because it was so neat to see you in Cairo doing your job there. How totally cool. I love you too.

    • February 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing it with her Aunt Susan! Hope you guys had a fun weekend.

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