On 25th January this year 50,000 people descended on Tahrir Square in Cairo to protest against president Hosni Mubarak. What followed was an extraordinary 18 days when the square became the focal point for the hopes and fears of Egypt's people, in a situation often joyous but also intense, as the military moved in and Mubarak supporters began to infiltrate the area. Nariman Youssef was in Tahrir Square during this extraordinary gathering. This ebook for the Summer of Unrest series is a gripping diary of that time until Mubarak stepped down on 11th February, which saw the crowds in the square swell to 1 million at one point. As well as an extraordinary insight from within the most important uprising in the Arab Spring, Youssef pulls back to document the signposts to, and issues that fueled, the surge for democratic change in Egypt, exploding myths and uncovering hidden truths as she goes. BRAIN SHOTS is the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form digital non-fiction. The Summer of Unrest series brings together stellar writers to explore the issues surrounding the austerity measures in the UK, uprisings in the Middle East and the nature of the protest movements springing up all over the world.
Nariman Youssef was in Tahrir Square during this extraordinary gathering.