Tuesday, February 1, 2011

'Hundreds of Thousands' Protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square

I have seen estimates from 250,000-2,000,000. Based on the few pictures I have seen the lower number seems closer, but it is hard to tell given the information clamp-down. A million-man-march it was probobly not, but the message has been sent/reinforced none the less.


"Cairo's Tahrir Square drew the largest crowd yet in eight days of demonstrations—and also the most diverse.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's regime. The army cleared the way for greater attendance, replacing the hated police as the main security force and declaring ahead of time that it wouldn't use force.

In contrast to earlier protests made up mainly of young men, the crowd Tuesday featured a much larger number of women, whole families and Egypt's upper crust. Several Islamic scholars from the religious institution Al Azhar also showed up together in traditional grey and black robes, with red fezzes, drawing applause from the crowd.

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