Update on the Situation in Egypt from Occupied Cairo

Amplify’d from www.occupiedlondon.org

Second guessing the army

A sole military checkpoint was set up on the Western side of Qasr el Nile bridge on Friday. On Saturday, this checkpoint became considerably more hostile, with aggrssive soldiers attempting to confiscate my camera and succeeding in confiscating my lighter. I was told I could claim it back at the end of the day. I didn’t try to exercise that right. Then the primary checkpoint, at the entrance to Tahrir, was a disorganized nightmare. Queues for the men and women were combined, barbed wire was erected, the crowd was kept waiting, growing frustrated. Foreigners living in Cairo were not allowed in. Swaggering officers now checked IDs, a job previously performed by civilians.

Again, today, entrance to Tahrir was challenging. Taking between twenty and forty minutes for the peak of the day (between 12 and 6). Again, the Army, with riot helmets on and guns round their necks, were administering the entrance.

Read more at www.occupiedlondon.org


~ by Vanzetti on February 7, 2011.

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