Photo Essays

In Photos: Walking in Cairo During a Revolution

by Danny Ramadan on February 1, 2011

A graffiti'd tank. The writing reads, "Enough, Leave, Leave Mubarak." (click to enlarge & see whole scene)

Cairo — I won’t lie to you. I was scared yesterday.

I got in a fight with a group of people in one of the poorest neighborhood in Cairo. The people thought I was reporting for Al-Jazeera, the Qatari-based news channel that has been the target of major government propaganda over the last few days. People were pulling me from my clothes, hitting me on my back and dragging me to the floor until I was saved by a reasonable police officer who pretended to arrest me and my friends to calm the crowd.

I definitely don’t blame the people. Media is a powerful weapon in the hands of the people who know how to use it to manipulate. The amazing people of Egypt are trying to protect themselves and their frustration level is getting higher while hours go by and their demands are not met. I point my finger at Egypt’s state TV, which managed to put all journalists in danger as the result of their campaign.

However, after an hour or two in my hotel room I decided to hit the street to take some photos. People in the streets welcomed me back with open arms. The sights of them still cleaning, still chanting, and still positive about the future calmed me down.

Here are seven photos from my walks around the city today.

Finally, I was in my hotel room last night, which I managed to keep for one last night, overlooking the Tahrir Square. I can see the people there, estimated 250 thousand people, protesting for their rights, I can hear them chanting and their new slogan is simple:

Our new home address is Tahrir square.

Also read Danny Ramadan’s earlier report, “Art and Revolution During the Egyptian Protests.”

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A view from my window on Sunday looking towards Tahrir Square. The building on the bottom left is the “new” diplomatic club, which was completed just before the revolution.

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A tank in Saad Zaghlol square with the graffiti: “Enough, Leave, Leave Mubarak.”

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A person standing on top of a traffic light, the sign next to him says “People’s Revolution — We want to court Mubarak who is responsible for the distraction of Egypt.” (2002).

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Among the crowd of protesters, this young man is carrying a sign that says: “Leave, leave you ass” (the animal, naturally). The wording is surrounded by other slogans such as “Leave, Mubarak, people hate you” and “You will end up in the forgotten history.”

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A burnt car with a graffiti saying: “Down with the agent, betrayer Mubarak.”

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The garbage accumulates here in Tahrir Square. Someone wrote “Down with Mubarak” on the container.

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A young boy helping in a clinic holds a sign saying “The people want to overthrow the president.”

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Ahmed (aka Danny) Ramadan tweets at @dannyramadan when the internet is working in Egypt.

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