Tahrir Square on Friday: poor turnout

27-01-2012 05:21 PM

Milad Zaky


In what may come as a surprise to many, the vast central square in Cairo, which witnessed the revolution that brought down Mubarak and his regime one year ago

In what may come as a surprise to many, the vast central square in Cairo, which witnessed the revolution that brought down Mubarak and his regime one year ago, was only sparsely full today. Even though Tahrir was brimming full of revolutionaries last Wednesday 25 January, the anniversary of the Revolution, those who converged on it today numbered in the few thousands.
Four platforms were erected: one by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the other three by revolutionary youth movements. They all called for the military to hand over power to a civilian authority, and for bringing to justice those who killed the revolution martyrs.
The national flag, the pre-1952 Egyptian flag which was green and had a white crescent and three stars in the middle, the flag of the MB’s Freedom and Justice party, and the flag of Saudi Arabia, were all lifted by demonstrators in the square. The Saudi flag is used to call for an Islamic Saudi-style State.
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