- Posted August 17, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Vigilante Curfew in Cairo
By 9 pm the countrywide curfew was in effect. I walked out of my apartment building to get some fresh mango juice (there are amazing fresh fruit juice stands in Egypt).
The sight in and around my neighborhood was alarming. Almost everything was closed. Only a few people were out. My neighborhood is in downtown Cairo and is called Garden City. It is an upscale neighborhood planned by the British when they took over Egypt in the 19th century. Foreigners and well off Egyptians tend to live in Garden City.
Luckily my corner grocery was open and my fruit juice shop. It went to both shops and talked with some of the men there.
Then I walked to the main road nearby Al-Qasar Al-Ainy was as empty as I’ve ever seen it. There was a checkpoint set up on Al-Qasar Al-Ainy of neighborhood boys with reported connections to General Sisi’s security forces. The neighborhood boys were taking the role of “civilian police” (vigilantes in reality) and checking every passing vehicle, asking were people were going past curfew. The boys were looking for Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters and anyone else they did not trust. This form of indiscriminate vigilante justice is all too widespread on the streets of Cairo now. It feels very dangerous.
Now it is best to stay in at night in Cairo.