I am not a journalist, I admit I don’t know much about politics and anyway I don’t mean to write about it. I just want to write about what happened a few minutes ago, because I am still shocked and I just need to share my thoughts.
Today, January 25th, is the National Police Day in Egypt and it’s therefore a holiday. Following Tunisia’s facts, Egyptians planned a “revolution” for today. Me and my flatmates live in Downtown Cairo, the center of the action… and so we went down to the street, I just needed to send a fax to Italy, and saw that this street was relatively quiet so decided to stop on a corner and see what was going on.
At the end of this street (Qasr el Einy) is the main square of Cairo, Midan Tahrir. We saw some movement from a distance, but it was far so I just snapped some pictures with my zoom.
Police started throwing tear gas and pushing away the crowd with water cannons.
Suddenly the police was running towards us, I lost some seconds taking photos, and as soon as I moved my eyes from the wayfinder I found myself in the middle of people running… and I ran too, turned back for a second and the police was there, and I was scared… I entered the door of a building and climbed the stairs to the first floor. Waited a few seconds and as soon as I felt like it was quiet again outside I left. I looked for a quiet area to send the fax… (yes it was urgent!) And saw police blocks all around.
It was scary, and sad. I love this Country and I do want things to change, but I feel so sorry for it right now. I felt like crying at some point. I am a chicken, and you know it, and this is the first time in my life that I actually had to run away from the police… and as far as I know Egyptian police is pretty violent. No I didn’t want to get hurt…
A friend of mine got his camera confiscated.
I am safe at home now, but I can hear a lot of noise from outside. We are following the news, me and my flatmates, and it looks like the protests are spreading all around the Country. I just read that even the Beduins from Northern Sinai are joining. The protest is everywhere.
On the internet though, getting info is very hard because of heavy censorship. They even blocked Twitter. Wtf.
Tear gas is in the air and my nose and throat are stinging. I might go to a friend’s rooftop to see the protests, but I don’t even know if the police will let me cross the square.
Good luck Egypt…