- Posted December 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Ongoing conflict rocks Cairo
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Up to 500,000 people gathered in Tahrir Square at any given time on Friday, November 30, to protest the draft constitution and Morsy's latest decree, seen as a power-grab by many. Estimates now say over 1 million people were there at some point during the night, although people came and went. Egyptian and study abroad students from American University and universities throughout Cairo joined the throng in marches to the square. Schools across Cairo have shut down on-and-off due to the protests. Traffic has drastically decreased as many choose to stay home or go downtown. Riot police wait in armored trucks scattered around the city. The US embassy, despite media reports, has not shut down, but services are being suspended temporarily. On Saturday, anti-Morsi protestors refused to vacate the square as pro-Morsy protestors headed to Cairo University for a protest of their own, which will end with a march to Tahrir. In Tahrir itself, a makeshift hospital has been set up among the tents, as well as many shrines to martyrs in the recent conflict. The iconic graffiti from the Arab Spring on the front wall of American university has been redone nearly every day, depicting images of those killed in the clashes. The photos below are from last Friday, November 17, at Tahrir Square, on the first day of massive protests.
I am a current student at American University in Cairo, living in Zamalek, 20 minutes from Tahrir.