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"It's an intifada a la 25 Jan now . . . ": Brief Words and Images from Hossam El-Hamalawi

[Image from today's protests, by Hossam El-Hamalawy] [Image from today's protests, by Hossam El-Hamalawy]

[Updated with an interview by Al-Jazeera English with Hossam El-Hamalawy, below]

In a seeming repeat of an otherwise bygone era, today's military crackdown on demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square is a tangible reminder that the most delicate and strategic work for effecting a robust departure from the clutches of authoritarian rule is ahead of us. Protesters plan to persevere for a third day, demanding, among other matters, a swift transition from military to civilian rule. In an ironic twist, the response by SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces)  reinforces the demand's rationale.

In an understandably brief correspondence with Hossam El-Hamalawy from Cairo, he shared the following words and pictures from today's demonstrations and crackdowns [all pictures are taken by Hossam].

"It's an intifada a la 25 Jan now.. three friends have lost their eyes, and more in coma . . . the attack by the army is very brutal but the resistance is impressive. More soon."


[See video and Hossam's AJE interview at the bottom]




Below is a video update, showing that the demonstrations continuing through Sunday night, Cairo time, as well as a more recent interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy on AJE.


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2 comments for ""It's an intifada a la 25 Jan now . . . ": Brief Words and Images from Hossam El-Hamalawi"


Are they really close to a general strike? Are the protesters really that unified? It seems like the MB has been negotiating behind closed doors all along. Are they going to be on board?

Kevin Chamow wrote on November 23, 2011 at 05:15 PM

Why is the media coverage on Egypt so much better (judging from available footage, commentary, on the group reporters) than other places in the region, such as Bahrain. Is this because of a differentiation in censorship laws or just because of Egypt's importance for the region as a whole?

Kevin Chamow wrote on November 24, 2011 at 04:20 PM

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