Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 1 Protest in Tahrir Square

I went to Tahrir Square today.  I'm guessing there were about 10,000-20,000 people there.  Everything was peaceful.  I interviewed several protesters and will be uploading the videos in the next few days.  Several of the protesters said they were there because they want the people from the Mubarak regime out of the leadership positions in the government.  They named several ministers who were appointed by Mubarak who are still in the cabinet.  They also said they want the whole Mubarak family put on trial.  Other demands include ending the State of Emergency and freeing the political prisoners.

On a different note, a strange thing happened in our neighborhood of Cairo, Maadi.  There was a small earthquake.  I didn't feel anything in Tahrir Square, but Jeff and everyone else I talked to in Maadi felt their buildings shake for a few seconds.  It turned out that there was an earthquake in Greece registering 6.9 on the Richter scale.   I was surprised that an earthquake in Greece would cause a mini earthquake here, but someone pointed out that Greece is only about 250 miles away from Alexandria, Egypt (-- the second largest city in Egypt which is about a 2 hour train ride from Cairo).  There was no damage here, it just surprised people a bit.  

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