Egyptian Chronicles: Save the revolution Friday

Friday, April 1, 2011

Save the revolution Friday

Location El-tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
Today is the Save the revolution Friday ,we are returning back to the square and it feels great.
It feels that we are returning a place for weeks ago we considered as our home outside home.
I am currently in my way there,insh Allah I will meet friends there.
The turnout according to twitter is high. Families are in their way to the square.
There are confirmed protests in Alexandria and Suez. Protesters began to arrive to the square since last night in thousands.
According to eye witnesses MB are not participating.Presidential candidates Hisham El-Bastawisi and Hamdeen Sabhi are going to participate.There is a rally from Cairo University heading to Tahrir. There was a rally in Gamat Al Doul as well. There was nothing in Egyptian Tv about the protest till I have left
Updated at 8:46 PM
And I went to Tahrir square with a doubt and I returned with a renewed faith in the Egyptian people. There were  not millions of Egypt in the square today but there were thousands and thousands who came in this very hot day in Cairo to the square.
I saw families from all background again in the square , some of them are new comers to square and there were some old faces that saw my face and thought that they saw me before. There were no army units nor police units , instead the youth are and were back in charge. The checkpoints were set at the entrance , men inspecting men and looking to their IDs and ladies inspecting the ladies' bags and their ids. The people were there as well the street vendors with so called revolution souvenirs from revolution T-shirts and flags. There were also a lot of snacks and beverages vendors , it was extremely hot day that reminded the Egyptians with the summer.
I saw mothers of martyrs again in the square , I saw the posters of martyrs back. The flags of not only Egypt but also Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine , Libya , Tunisia and even Japan were there. There was a group of Egyptians from Sinai locals at the square. I met American socialist with a group of her friends coming with books about socialism and the danger of imperialism. I saw former Al Jazeera Cairo bureau chief Hussein Abdel Ghanay speaking with people about media. New parties found a good place today to promote their programs , Dr. Ehab El-Kharat of the Egyptian socialist democratic party was there along some members of his party talking with people and distributing flyers.
I could not hear the speakers at the internal radio stations , there were about 4 radio podium nor did I film a lot of footage like I did in the past ¨I know that I have uploaded just few of them¨
There were debates between people and each other. I notice at that Abad El-Rahman mosque hot debates between liberals and conservative about the meanings of Secularism and religious state...etc. Nevertheless I saw in my way out a group of conservative girls who most of them wear Naqab were chanting revolutionary slogans.There were no Muslim brotherhood members or Salafists in the square as far as I have seen.
People are so concerned about the future of the country. They do not want the merry trio "Azmi , Sharif and Sorror" to be punished , they want Hosni Mubarak to be punished. In clear message they are sending to the AFC , either us or the Mubaraks. They do not laws that limit freedoms like the infamous protests and strikes laws. They want Egypt's money back , our money and assets as people of Egypt that have been stolen all those years. They want to purify the media and liberate. They want to purify the universities.
There were other demands who differed according to the groups there like for instance one group wants to cancel the labour and farmers quota in the parliament while others wanted it...etc.
It was good to back indeed. Right now there are still people who are staying at the square , I do not know if they are going to sleep or not.
I am full of promise , I am full of hope again :)
Wait for the photos and videos. 
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14 comments :

  1. Would meet you better with your friends in a cafe, rather than trying to destroy what is left of Egypt ....

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  2. Really lifted my spirits seeing the turnout today

    http://yfrog.com/h38a3sbj

    :)

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  3. I was happy to see the turnout in spite the fact I had doubts. Keep the spirits up high and let's hope eventually Egypt will be a better country. I am full of hopes.

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  4. I feel the same Zee

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  5. Zeinobia please tell me what do you think of something like this occurring

    http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article2.aspx?ArticleID=292291#

    and this

    http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=381923

    I feel Egypt will turn into another Afghanistan.

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  6. Thank Zeinobia for yet a again an excellent post. Today was a great day indeed. I was happy to see the spirit of the revolution alive and well.
    This was a much needed boost after last Friday, when the turnout was quite disappointing.

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  7. Everybody's links.
    Yfrog: Tahrir Square pic.
    Almasry-Alyoum: 3000 leading Islamic groups returning. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.
    Youm7: Salafis are demanding Sharia law. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

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  8. SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011
    Egypt stops building materials into Gaza !!

    http://palestinevideo.blogspot.com/2011/04/egypt-stops-building-materials-into.html

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  9. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egypts-military-keeping-repressive-practices-in-place/2011/04/02/AFFjgpPC_story.html

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  10. Salafis are minority and mostly too delicious fear mongering for media. I'd ignore those stories as populist.

    The problem at the moment is the apparent lack of fight for freedom of speech. One case is blogger Maikel Nabil, whose only wrong doing seems to be having wrong opinions and writing stories such as “The army and the people are not one hand.”.

    He is expected to be jailed for 1-3 years, see this story: "Detained blogger's trial adjourned to Monday".

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  11. The strongest weapon for the success of the Egyptian Uprising:
    حصبنا الله و نعمة الوكيل نعمة المولاة و نعمة النصير
    Hasbunallahu wa ni’amal Wakil ni’ama al mawla wa ni’ama al naseer.
    As found in the Qur’an:
    ‘Allah alone is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)’ in sura Al Imraan, ayat 173 - 175


    The translation of the meaning of these three verses according to translation of Tafseer Ibn Katheer

    (173. Those to whom the people said, "Verily, the people have gathered against you, therefore, fear them.'' But it (only) increased them in faith, and they said: "Allah is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.'') (174. So they returned with grace and bounty from Allah. No harm touched them; and they followed the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the Owner of great bounty.) (175. It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his friends; so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are indeed believers.)

    I invite Egyptians, Muslims and Christians alike, to make a campaign that, Insha’Allah will give us the success against all the enemies of this revolution. We are very aware that vestiges of the old regime are trying to destroy the efforts of the revolution, to sabotage, by whatever dirty means: their thugs are armed and have no feelings; they are trying to cause division among people; they want to cause fear, terror among the good, peaceful and unarmed Egyptians.

    Egyptians, as believers in God, must use their stronger weapon. When we fear injustice, we must rely in God and recognize that” He is sufficient for us and that He is the Best Disposer of our affairs”. He, the All Almighty, will give us from His bounty, protect us and give us Victory.
    We must invite everyone to say aloud, in private and all over the place at one voice:
    "Hasbunallahu wa ni`mal Wakil''
    [Allah alone is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).]''
    Let’s join the crowds in Tahrir Square in one voice next Friday and every Friday until Egypt is free from all oppressors, abusers, corrupted and corrupters, saying:
    حصبنا الله و نعمة الوكيل نعمة المولاة و نعمة النصير
    Hasbunallahu wa ni’amal Wakil ni’ama al mawla wa ni’ama al naseer.
    [God suffices us; He is the Best Disposer of our affairs, the Best Master and Protector]
    و الله المستعان

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  12. حصبنا بالصاد؟؟ حصبنا الله فى الجهلاء اللي خربوا اللغه العربيه زى الحمار الذى كان على قناة الجزيره و هو فرحان بنفسه و رافع يافطه " ازناب النظام" ازناب؟؟ منك لله يامبارك خليت الامي و خريج الجامعه سواء.و حصبنا الله فى التعليم

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