March 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waded into crowds Wednesday at the symbolic heart of the uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocratic leader, urging the country's temporary leaders not to allow the revolution to fizzle or be compromised by extremists. As the Obama administration sharpened its criticism of Bahrain's crackdown on protesters, Clinton heaped praise on Egypt's antigovernment demonstrators whose peaceful protests in central Tahrir Square ousted President Hosni Mubarak last month.
November 26, 2011 |
CAIRO - The United States increased pressure Friday on Egypt's military rulers to hand over power to civilian leaders, and the generals turned to a Mubarak-era politician to head a new government in a move that failed to satisfy the more than 100,000 protesters who jammed Tahrir Square in the biggest rally yet this week. The demonstrators rejected the appointment of Kamal el-Ganzouri as prime minister, breaking into chants of "Illegitimate! Illegitimate!" and setting up a showdown between the two sides only three days before key parliamentary elections.
April 6, 2013 |
Most people use social media to connect with friends, share cat pictures, or perhaps play Farmville. But the young protesters who took to Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, 2011, found an essential use for these sites: Egyptians used Twitter and Facebook to orchestrate demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's autocracy. Dissidents used the Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said" as a pivotal tool in the downfall of Mubarak. Protesters shared the plight of Khaled Said, a young activist who was arbitrarily arrested and killed by police.
February 4, 2011 |
When she first traveled to Cairo for fieldwork in 1993, Farha Ghannam recalled, Tahrir Square was mostly used as a bus depot. Today, it's the battleground on which the future of Egypt is being fought - a space rich with symbolism and meaning, held and defended by protesters at the cost of some lives. "There's this feeling [among demonstrators] that 'if we lose at Tahrir Square, we're going to lose the fight,' " said Ghannam, an anthropology professor at Swarthmore College who studies the use of public space in Egypt.
July 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - A member of Egypt's ruling military council on Saturday briefly visited a protest camp in a central Cairo square, but left after protesters, some holding up shoes in anger, booed him off a stage. Maj. Gen. Tarek el-Mahdi had come to Tahrir Square to persuade a dozen demonstrators to end a hunger strike they began several days ago, but was forced to cut short his visit because of the heckling. Mahdi told state TV he was disappointed that a small crowd of protesters managed to drive him out of the square before he could reach the tent housing the hunger strikers.
November 27, 2011 |
The Drexel University student who was arrested by Egyptian police after he allegedly threw Molotov cocktails during a pro-democracy protest has been released from the police station where he had been in custody, his attorney said Friday. Theodore Simon, a Philadelphia lawyer representing the family of Gregory Porter, said that "certain necessary administrative steps" that precluded Porter's release from police custody had been resolved and that he expected his client to be on his way home "very soon.
April 9, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egypt's protesters stepped up their challenge to the country's ruling military yesterday, as tens of thousands massed to demand that it prosecute ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family for alleged corruption. Meanwhile, a smaller group tested out the army's tolerance with a march on Israel's embassy. The mass rally in Cairo's central Tahrir Square was the biggest by protesters in weeks, and hundreds remaining there shortly before midnight said they were planning to camp out overnight.
February 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - Security forces sprayed protesters with water hoses and tear gas outside the presidential palace Monday as Egyptians marked the second anniversary of the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak with angry demonstrations against his elected successor. The forces were trying to disperse a small crowd of protesters after some of them attempted to cross a barbed-wire barrier meant to block them from the palace gate. Some protesters chanted: "The people want to bring down the regime. " Others threw stones.
November 24, 2011 |
The U.S. consul general in Cairo met Wednesday with the three American students accused of throwing firebombs from a rooftop during pro-democracy protests in Tahrir Square. The three, including Drexel University student Gregory Porter, 19, of Glenside, were arrested Monday by Egypt's military. "They are safe and being treated well," Drexel president John A. Fry said in a statement after being briefed about the Cairo meeting. The students were questioned by Egyptian authorities, said Fry, "but no charges have been filed.
May 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - An assailant stabbed an American man on Thursday while they were standing outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, security officials said. The area around the U.S. Embassy has been the site of anti-American incidents and violence in the past, but stabbings are uncommon despite political unrest that has roiled Egypt since the 2011 uprising. Embassy spokesman David Ranz confirmed that a U.S. citizen was stabbed, and said he was immediately rushed to the hospital. His condition was not known.