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We went today to the silent demonstration in front of Sa3ad Zaghloul's mausoleum, the same placed were many people were beaten and harassed on wednesday 25th of may.
It was supposed to be a silent demonstration with candles, which it was most of the time. We arrived 10 minutes to 8, there were already a lot of people, some came with packages of candles and started distributing them.
More people started to arrive, but at the beginning people kept standing on the pavement only, refusing to step down to the street though it was empty of any police forces.
I think at the highest point, we reached something between 1800 - 2000, we filled the small street between Mansor st. and Falaky st. to the rim.
There were few events today. Some started singing Sheikh Emam songs, and near the end there was a group that broke the silence and began shouting the usual slogans.
After an hour and a half people started to leave (the demonstration was supposed to be for one hour only), and when there very few left, then came Nabil El Ezabi, the head of Cairo security. He came walking in the street that was a few minutes ago full of people demonstrating, surrounded by some police officers and some media people, I dont know why he came? to take some photos among the remainder of the demonstrators and appear as the dutiful officer who comes to make sure that every thing is alright in our democratic country..or did he just came to provoke us??
My brave mother-in-law, Dr. Laila Soueif went to him and asked him weren't u there at the journalist syndicate when people were beaten and sexually harassed? didn't this happen in front of your eyes and u didnt move a finger to stop it?..Get out of here
Of course Alaa went after her and started shouting "sheelo el 3zabi, sheelo el 3azbi" and many of the young people repeated after him. Some of the "Kifaya" responsibles came to calm him down..they didn't want it to get out of hand. Alaa didnt calm tell till they told him that El Ezabi was gone.
Alaa was later interviewed by El Ghad online radio, today is their first day in streaming, they seemed to be interviewing everyone.
It was a successful day after all.
Join us tomorrow in The street is ours