The January 25 Revolution: lest we forget - Day 8: art

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

They asked for a million, and more than a million they've got. Tahrir Square is full and so is El Qa'ed Ibrahim Square in Alexandria and several other squares on the Good Land. Yesterday's organization actually paid back; it's one of the few times when we, Egyptians, manage to be in a crowded area without disasters happening. We don't hear of pick-pocketing, sexual harassment or fights. It's a festive revolution, teaching the world how to have fun while revolting.

The Good People were always known to be creative, bringing beauty to life in the hardest of times. For 30 years this creativity was hidden under hypocrisy and fear, under acceptance and silence. Then the volcano of arts erupted with the Revolution; a stage is set in Tahrir, and every few minutes a new chant is voiced, then a new poem, and a new song. Jokes are made, and stories are told, people draw on the ground and elsewhere. The Revolution is not an act of anger anymore, it's resilience made stronger with laughter.

We're still living in an Internet blackout, but it doesn't matter. We're able to reach the whole world, we make it to every news channel, and we're always the first and longest piece. We make it to the headline of every newspaper and the cover of every magazine, all over the world. People look up to us; our Revolution is extraordinary on all possible levels...

At the Palace, they find a new weapon; touching emotions. They keep saying Egyptians are emotional, and it seems that this time they know what they're doing. Mubarak gives his second speech since the start of the Revolution, and this time he plays on emotions. He promises not to run for another term and says that he spent all these years as president because he loved this country. And it actually works; in the media different hosts give a summary of the speech while tearing up, people staying at the comfort of their homes tear up too. Yet, in Tahrir, it is once again ignored...


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