Filmed in front of the immense concrete block wall that was erected in December during the violence in the area of the Ministry of the Interior. Separating Mohamed Mahmoud street from Tahrir Square the wall was placed as a barrier between protesters accepted territory of the square, acquired after enduring many attacks on them in the space of Tahrir during the spring and summer of 2011. Now relegated by the military authorities (SCAF) and media to be the only legitimate place for demonstration, it no longer has power as a tool for pressuring those in control. This wall sought to create a red line over which Egyptians could not cross, protecting and exempting the Ministry of Interior (as currently they are with the Ministry of Defense in Abbasiya) from attempts by the public to push for credibility, transparency, and reform, demands that have always been core to the revolution from before it even hit the streets. The wall was appropriated by Egyptians, first through graffiti, mural, now thoroughly added to the cultural landscape of the revolution and the ephemeral downtown Cairo.
This mild report by the NYTimes of what happened at a anniversary march by Occupy Wall Street last night sounds like it could be describing exactly what happened in Tahrir Square at the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution… Yes, it is the evidence of a police state on the rise, yes, everyone should be appalled whether you agree with the politics and tactics of Occupy or not! Our freedom can not be trampled on like this when we hold it in front of our troops like a banner as we invade and bomb other countries and sacrifice our young soldiers!
“And we reject any equivalence between premeditated murders by a government’s military machine and the actions of civilians under siege driven to self-defense”
– Hillary Clinton
But this of course doesn’t apply to Palestine… only to hand-picked “chosen” states? \\ Read it yourself via Hillary Clinton, Gaza and the right of civilians to self-defense | The Electronic Intifada.