I got up early this morning to watch the Egyptian revolution unfold. Turned on Al Jazeera and BBC to watch live coverage of the hundreds of thousands converging and rallying in Tahrir Square in Cairo. They had called today for a “million person march.”
And rally they did. All kinds of Egyptians have converged into Cairo, all religions, all genders, all classes, and all ages. Lots of women, lots of children. It is a festive affair, and some observers called it Egypt’s “Woodstock.”
Upwards of two million people are estimated to be in the Square, despite the shut-down by the government of trains, communication, and social media. And despite the imposition of a curfew and some efforts to block roads and bridges. Large demonstrations are also happening in other cities, such as Alexandria at the coast.
The main demand of the Egyptian people: Hosni Mubarak get out! Many have claimed they will stay until the dictator – who has been in power and supported by our government for 31 years – has left.
The Army has declared that it will not use force on the people or fire into the crowds. The Army is reported to have strung barb wire around the President’s Palace.