Egypt protests: Nour Ahmed shares her experiences
- January 28, 2011 8:33 AM |
- By Your Voice
Anti-government protesters gather at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo on Jan. 25. (Submitted by Nour Ahmed)
Bio: Nour Ahmed, 18, is a second-year Psychology student at the American University in Cairo. Following the protests that took place in Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 25, the CBCNews.ca Community team asked her to share her photos and impressions of what she witnessed during the protest.
My story: January 25th 2011 is a day that will for a fact have a huge impact on every Egyptian one way or another and on Egypt as a whole.
For anyone who doesn't know, that is the Egyptian National Police day and the day Egyptians, in my opinion, got inspired by the Tunisians, and finally spoke out and took a stand against Mubarak's regime.
I got to Tahrir Square at around 4 pm where the protesters had gathered from all around Cairo and were chanting different slogans mostly against Mubarak and the government as a whole and not using any kind of violence.
I started chanting with them and walking around joining different groups of people and running into lots of familiar faces from various social circles as the protesters were from all ages and social classes.
After an hour or so I started hearing loud noises that sounded like bombings but had no idea where it was coming from and suddenly I found myself surrounded by smoke, and people running all around. [There] were tear bombs, thrown at us by police officers. I could barely open my eyes and found it very hard to breathe. Me and my friend held on to each other while being led towards a clearer area by a kind stranger from the back and when we were almost there another tear bomb was thrown right in front of us, so we changed our direction once again.
After a few minutes I could see clearly again but the sight wasn't as good as before, people were scattered all over the place and no longer together. Some fainted and were being carried to the side of the street, others were coughing and rubbing their eyes vigorously. Soon enough we were all gathered in the same place again, thanks to some young men who kept calling on everyone to hold on and go back and not let them win. I was angrier and more determined to make a change.
Are you participating in the protests? Do you plan on going on Friday?
The government cut almost all internet and cellphone data service early Friday. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were used to spread information about the protests.
Egypt's four primary internet providers -- Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr -- all stopped moving data in and out of the country at 12:34 a.m., according to a network security firm monitoring the traffic.
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