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Egypt: unity is forged in battle

Issue No. 2238

Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo  (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Tahrir Square has become the centre of the revolution—a space won at a terrible cost.

Around the square are banners and placards with the faces of the young men and women who have died in the uprising.

“We don’t want you, we don’t want you—the blood of the martyrs flows between us,” chanted the crowds last Sunday.

Perceptions of the army’s role are shifting rapidly. “Army and people: one hand” was a favourite chant last week.

Now that has changed: “We are the people, you are the army—get out of our way and let us get on with our life.”

There is a growing rejection of sectarianism and a clear articulation of Muslim‑Christian unity.

On Friday of last week, Christians linked arms and ringed the square while Muslim protesters prayed.

“This is new,” a socialist activist told me. “Sunday is the first day we have seen people from the churches out in force.

“This really is a festival of the oppressed.”

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