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    Posted February 13, 2011 by
    Cairo, Egypt
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Revolution in Egypt

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    Eye Witness Reports - day by day reports of a professor through the 18 days of uprising


    This is a compilation of status updates that I have complied on behalf of my family and friends in Egypt over the duration of this Revolution.





    Saturday Feb 12, 2011


    Feb 12 - 11:30 [my dad]: I went to Tahrir square and participated in the cleaning efforts. I made a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZNqi4xDcE



    Friday Feb 11, 2011


    Feb 11 - 16:10  [my emotional friend @Mohamed Ismail El-Husseiny] : I won't be passive anymore. I can't wait for elections, I can't wait to agree and disagree without fear of reprisal. I really want to know how it feels to vote freely!


    Feb 11 - 12:34 [my emotional dad]: I marched after Friday prayers from Rabaa to the Presidential palace. We were thousands of people and people didn't leave until Mubarak left. For the first time in my life, we feel our voices count. This is history. I wish you were here with me.



    Tuesday Feb 8, 2011


    Feb 8 - 13:30 [my cousin]: My cousin had a man interested in proposing to her. I told her to ask him one question 'Did he go to the demonstrations in Tahrir Sq?', If he answered no, then he's not a man worth getting married to.



    Feb 8 - 13:29 [my cousin]: Going to medan el Tahrir is like a pilgrimage. I get this euphoric feeling, it takes away all the pain, all the suffering, and all the worries in my life. I am proud of my country.



    Sunday Feb 6, 2011


    Feb 6 - 12:30 [my dad] I passed by Tahrir Square this morning and couldn't help but interview people. Most of the people there are Liberal Egyptians, and a significant presence of MB. I talked to many of them, and I am very optimistic. I think Egypt after 25th January is better than before: I am proud of my people, I am proud to be an Egyptian.


    Feb 6 - 12:29 [my dad] Here is a link of one of the videos I took: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=841165430707



    Wednesday Feb 2, 2011


    Feb 2- 11:32 [my dad]: I took more videos of the demonstrations before the TV/Radio building:




    Feb 2- 11:30 [my dad]: I then head to TV/Radio building on the other side of the river Nile, and come across more pro-Mubarak demonstrators. Most of the people don't want him, however they are afraid that the country will plunge into chaos. So they're actually protesting the protests in Tahrir Square,and saying enough!


    Feb 2 - 10:32 [my dad]: I took some videos of the pro-mubarak demonstrations in Mohandiseen:




    Feb 2 - 10:30 [my dad]: Yesterday I went out to the streets to see history in the making. After a few bus rides, micro-buses and lots of walking, I arrived in Mohandiseen where I encountered some pro-Mubarak demonstrators. This was all in the morning before the 3pm massacre that happened in Tahrir Square.



    Tuesday Feb 1, 2011


    Feb 1 - 19:12 [my dad]: I am also really worried for the lives of the people at Tahrir Square. Any idiot with a gun, or a suicide bomber can cause chaos and turn this into a massacre.


    Feb 1 - 19:11 [my dad]: Throughout our patrol shift, we checked the identity of anyone wearing a police or army uniform in the streets. Any of those could be a criminal in disguise. And so far the police and army officers have been very cooperative, they gladly hand over their identity cards and allow us to check their vehicles.


    Feb 1 - 19:10 [my dad]: I obviously feel worried. On one part I want to see Mubarak go, and I want democracy and accountability. But on the other hand I don't like the turmoil and instability. I would've wished this country was like Europe or America where we can protest peacefully to get our rights, and not end up falling apart. But freedom costs a lot, and I pray that this cost pays off.


    Feb 1 - 19:09 [my dad]: Older neighbors joined in, and throughout the night we told stories and sipped on tea. We laughed at some and cried at others. It was a very odd feeling of community that reminded me of the old days of the 7ara (allies). Getting that feeling in a posh neighborhood as Al-Rehab is quite remarkable. Tells you how Egyptians are the same regardless of their economic class.


    Feb 1 - 18:55 [my dad]: A lot of the youth are fired up, and I can understand why. I sat with them and reminisced over my memories when I was their age during the 1967 and 1973 wars, as well as the 1975 peace treaty with Israel, and the eventual assassination of Sadat. After half an hour, I had the entire youth int he neighborhood sitting around me in half a circle listening to my stories.


    Feb 1 - 18:50 [my dad]: I had trouble sleeping last night, and in my heart I had this deep concern for the fate of the Egyptian people. Calling for 1 million protesters to show up at Tahrir square is unheard of. So instead I roamed the streets at night a bit, then sat down with the youth in the streets who are still on citizen patrol.



    Monday Jan 31, 2011


    Jan 31 - 17:30 [my cousin @Meema Abou-youssef]: I live in Marghani area. We had two tanks patrolling our area, I can see and hear a tank passing by every hour. They're really loud vehicles and they're continuously patrolling. We also have fighter planes passing by every once in a while, those are terrifyingly loud.


    Jan 31 - 17:29 [my cousin @Meema Abou-youssef]: I got friends in Tahrir Square and I'm in contact with them over the phone. They're calling for Habib El-Adly (ex-minister of interior) to be executed for treason. But he probably escaped Egypt.


    Jan 31 - 17:20 [my dad]: I'm calling your uncles and family friends and there seems to be a level of frustration at the current stalemate. Everyone wants Mubarak to go, but at the same time they also want the unrest to stop. People are not going to work, banks are closed, and markets are only open a few hours a day. People are afraid that they will run out of cash soon and won't be able to buy food anymore.


    Jan 31 - 17:19 [my dad]: I arrived home to discover that both your mom and sister also stopped at the supermarket and bought eggs, milk and bread. Looks like we'll be eating omelettes and French toast for a long time.


    Jan 31 - 17:18 [my dad]: Heading home, I stopped by the supermarket to pick up a carton of eggs, milk and bread. Supermarkets have been restocking and prices are still the same. The supermarket owner was happy that his business was safe, and is grateful to the army for helping him secure his shipments. He said that his sales soared over the past two days as people overstocked on goods.


    Jan 31 - 16:19 [my dad]: I went up to the office, and it's a bit dusty since the cleaning crew hasn't showed up in a week. Electricity and hot water is fine, however internet is still down, and the phone lines are choppy. I called my workers and made sure that they were safe along with their families in their homes. I looked around at the deserted office, packed my bag and decided to go home.


    see footage of protests in Madinat Nasr: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=840280613887


    Jan 31 - 16:08 [my dad]: The police are on their best behavior today. And people on the street seem to welcome them back. I saw a few people shaking hands with them, and others standing with them on guard. There are no riot police in sight, and everything seems normal.


    Jan 31 - 16:07 [my dad]: I come across a young policeman, he must have been in his mid 20s, and he was guarding the entrance to one of the government buildings in Rabaa square. As I approached him, I tripped on the pavement before him and he jolted backwards in fear. He started screaming 'it wasn't me' twice. I stood up, hugged him and told him not to be scared. You are a good boy.


    Jan 31 - 16:06 [my dad]: Eye Witness Reports (my dad): I parked my car in its usual spot at the office, and decide to take a little walk around Rabaa square to see what people say. Some businesses are still open, such as clinics, pharmacies, and little kiosks. But major government buildings are closed and are under police security.


    Jan 31 - 15:57 [my dad]: Eye Witness Reports (my dad): On the way I can see that there are no more citizens patrols. A lot of people look more relaxed and relieved that the security of the streets are in the hands of police again. People have been telling me that the ex-minister of interior should be hanged for treason, because his decisions to pull out the police resulted in spreading fear and terror.


    Jan 31 - 15:56 [my dad]: I left home early this morning at 6am, 2 hours before the curfew was lifted, and head to my office at Rabaa. The streets seem like they're back to normal. Army tanks are on the side of the roads, and there are no check points. The police are present and traffic officers are working as normal.



    Sunday Jan 30, 2011


    Jan 30 - 20:40 [my dad]: I'm speaking to youth on the streets on patrol. Their spirit is high and they want the president to step down. They feel more safe now with the army around, and stress and panic is lower tonight. People are just enjoying the new friendships they made, and are playing cards.


    Jan 30 - 20:00 [my dad]: I think people are getting tired. Their priority is now just security and order. I don't know how long this stand-off can last. Media black-out combined with local State TV is succeeding in calming people down and convincing them that their voices were heard and they can now rest and get back to normal life.


    Jan 30 - 19:39 [my mom]: We're just sitting at home, flipping between Nile, Arabia, and Al-Jazeera, and they're all liars. They said that Al-Rehab had looters and made men patrol the entire neighborhood all night and found nothing. It's completely safe here. We're enjoying the show, it's hilarious at times, how distant from reality this whole news reporting business is.


    Jan 30 - 16:58 [my friend @Nora EL-Shewy]: We live in Heliopolis and everything is fine here. We got an army vehicle around, and there is no reported trouble. Schools are closed, and we can't go anywhere in the curfew. We've stocked up on food since Friday, and small shops are still open but are not getting any new stock, eventually they will run out.


    Jan 30 - 15:40 [my dad]: A neighbor just called to agree on my shift hours tonight. Just to give you an idea of the size of Rehab city: it's estimated to have a capacity of 300,000 residents. 10 neighborhoods, 12 mosques, 1 church, 6 malls, 2 markets, and 8 schools. It's very populated and vibrant. And the command center is always the nearest mosque where the microphones are.


    Jan 30 -  15:30 [my dad]: I arrive home and call the house to announce my arrival to unlock the doors. I find your mom and sister home at mid-day already prepared the food and waiting for me. This never happens. I asked 'what gives?', your sister answers: there is no work, and no internet. So since we're just home doing nothing, we decided to cook and have lunch as a family instead.


    Jan 30 - 15:23  [my dad]: On my way into Rehab City. I've become known among the familiar faces, since we've patrolled the streets all night and we've become friends. Now the entire neighborhood knows one another. And we even have an insignia to identify what area in the compound we're from. It's a very odd sense of community that was never there before.


    Jan 30 - 15:20  [my dad]: On the way back home into Rehab City, I approached gate 13 to pick up some food from the nearby market, until I saw heavier tanks guarding the road, and longer check-point lines. So, I turned around and drove back to my neighborhood's gate 17 instead. I figured since the officers are more familiar with my face, they'd let me pass through faster. It worked! They gave me priority treatment.


    Jan 30 - 15:09  [my dad]: On the way to the office this morning, I stopped to wave at some soldiers on tanks and at some check-points. They were good spirited and smiling insuring me that everything is safe. I offered to buy them breakfast and sit with them, they refused and offered me breakfast instead ! I said 'what the hell', there is no work anyways.


    Tanks patrolling Rabaa Square



    Jan 30 -  14:44 [my dad]: I just returned from my office in Rabaa. The trip that used to take 30 minutes (without traffic) now takes easily 1.5 hours. I have been stopped at least 3 times by citizen patrols asking about my identity. And twice by military checkpoints, Cairo is clearly under in a state of war-like emergency.


    Jan 30 -   14:41 [my dad]: Armed forces are encouraging the poor people to stay calm and not worry about food. They are delivering bread to the different regions, bread is secure.



    Saturday Jan 29, 2011


    Jan 30* - 06:42  [my emotional dad]: For the first time people are taking to the streets protesting and protecting their neighborhood. We have this feeling in our chests that they we never felt before: we got our country back, it's been stolen from us for so many decades. This euphoric feeling is uniting us people. This is the first time I actually feel that this country is mine. I am proud to be an Egyptian.


    Jan 30* - 02:14  [my dad]: It's our first time in decades to lock the front door of our house. This is a weird feeling, your sister actually put a chair behind the door and locked the balconies. We even agreed on a secret knock. So far there has been no reports of robberies in the neighborhood, but we' are taking shifts throughout the night.


    Jan 29 - 19:25 [my dad]: There seems to be a lot of panic and fear on the streets. Rumors of women afraid and alone in their homes are responsible for calling in the army to Rehab city. Army tanks are now at all 16 gates of the compound.


    See video of tanks in Rabaa Square: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=840276207717


    Jan 29 - 19:17 [my dad]: local mosques in Rehab city are calling on men to protect their streets. I just came back from a citizen patrol shift. Young youth (civilians) who have military experience have been taking charge of organizing the protection, they're teaching us how to use the sticks to defend ourselves, what commands to respond to, and how to use the fire extinguisher.


    Jan 29 - 16:53 [my dad]: I figured that without phone lines, no internet and curfews that it was pointless to ask my workers to show up to work. I gave my staff time off and now I'm just at my office alone. I think all businesses are closed, no one can be productive under these circumstances. This has left us people with no other choice but to take to the streets, it's the only things we can do.


    Jan 29 - 16:48 [my dad]: It quickly became clear that it was an ill advised move. People were wondering who's this old man wearing a suit riding a motorcycle taking pictures for? then I paid the motorcyclist, thanked him and went back to the office.


    Jan 29 - 16:46 [my dad]: I paid a motorcycle driver to take me behind him and drove across North East Cairo. I was a like a tourist in a strange land. This country is not the same anymore.


    Jan 29 - 16:45 [myself] Egyptians have discovered something within themselves: they've discovered courage. They've been faced with death and live ammunition and still held their ground. There is no turning back



    Pictures from my dad's office of Rabaa Square



    Jan 29 - 16:13 [my dad]: This is the first time I see a tank in 30 years! And now there are 10s of them everywhere. It's the first time I see people in Army clothing. Mubarak in the past never allowed the army to be on the streets. How things have changed


    Jan 29 - 15:46 [my dad]: After Friday prayers yesterday at Rabaa, very respectful people and myself started protesting peacefully, then suddenly canisters of tear gas started falling on us. If I haven't seen for myself I would've said that the stories are made up. We were very respectful people, very educated, very peaceful people. This is outrageous!


    Jan 29 - 15:40 [my dad]: There is no police in the country, there is no security. people and business are left to fend for themselves against looters.


    Jan 29 - 15:36 [my dad]: Your sister goes to work at school as usual (she's a teacher) and is not affected (she works in Tagammou3 in the suburbs), but her and her friends went to the banks and withdrew all their cash.


    Jan 29 - 15:18 [my furious dad]: "Go tell the Americans that we don't want Mubarak. Tell them to stop supplying Mubarak with tear Gas canisters that are choking us. We are respectful people, doctors, engineers, lawyers and students on the streets. We don't deserve this treatment."


    Jan 29 - 15:15 [my dad]: The Baltagyya (police criminals) have taken over the streets, intimidating anyone, setting things on fire and looting any open stores still open after curfew. Those Baltagyya are the plain clothed helpers of the police who beat us up yesterday in the demonstrations. They're roaming in the streets to discourage people from assembling.


    Jan 29 - 15:14 [my dad]: "I'm in my office looking over Rabaa El Adawyya square. There is nothing at all going on here, only a couple of army soldiers at each intersection, business is halted to a crawling stop, and a curfew is set in two hours, phone services are back but not the internet".



    Friday Jan 28, 2011


    Jan 29* - 02:35 [myself]: If you are uncertain about the power of 'hope', it is enough to see how it broke the fear of 80 Million people today. If Tunisia can do it, so can we. Keep the 'hope' alive Egyptians, and take down the Pharaoh!



    *All times are in Cairo Local Time (+2 GMT). They represent the times they were posted by me, and not when they actually happened.




    I also compiled an album of my own, I collected photos from the web as well as snapshots of the headlines.


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