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The Egyptian Revolution: One Year and Counting
Egyptians gathered en masse today in Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power. They also gathered to protest the rule of the Supreme Council of the Military Forces, which has yet to relinquish power.
Tahrir was the most crowded that I've ever seen it, as various political parties and organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, stood atop makeshift platforms and galvanized their followers with chants such as, "The people want the fall of the regime."
Well organized security checkpoints marked all of Tahrir Square's entrance points, including those of the Sadat Metro Station.
There was a festive vibe to the Square as merchants and vendors sold everything from popcorn, to tea, to smoked yams, while children, adorned with red, white and black face paint, waved Egyptian flags high above their heads.
Egypt has made considerable progress over the past year in its quest for political change, but there is no doubt that there is much to be done.