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Tahrir Protesters Keep Up the Pressure

Mubarak may be gone, but Egyptians continue to flock to Cairo’s main square to urge reforms.
By IWPR
  • Demonstrators mount platforms to shout political slogans. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    Demonstrators mount platforms to shout political slogans. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • A vendor near the square sells flags, including that of the Libyan anti-Gaddafi uprising. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    A vendor near the square sells flags, including that of the Libyan anti-Gaddafi uprising. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • A protester holds a sign reading, “The revolution continues – the people want to try the cronies of the old regime – Tantawi (the army chief-of-staff) tell the truth, was Mubarak your friend or not?” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    A protester holds a sign reading, “The revolution continues – the people want to try the cronies of the old regime – Tantawi (the army chief-of-staff) tell the truth, was Mubarak your friend or not?” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • The square is bustling, full of Egyptians determined to continue protesting. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    The square is bustling, full of Egyptians determined to continue protesting. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • On the gate of the Arab League headquarters in the square, a sign reads, “Free Libya, the February 17 Revolution.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    On the gate of the Arab League headquarters in the square, a sign reads, “Free Libya, the February 17 Revolution.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • Amongst the plethora of protest banners, one reads, “The people want to try Mubarak’s family and their cronies.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    Amongst the plethora of protest banners, one reads, “The people want to try Mubarak’s family and their cronies.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • Demonstrators hold up posters depicting prominent former regime figures behind bars. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    Demonstrators hold up posters depicting prominent former regime figures behind bars. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
  • On a plaque at the entrance of the Mahmoud Mukhtar museum, near Tahrir square, a protester has written, “2011, the year of Mubarak’s fall.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)
    On a plaque at the entrance of the Mahmoud Mukhtar museum, near Tahrir square, a protester has written, “2011, the year of Mubarak’s fall.” (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander/IWPR)

Two months after the departure of Hosni Mubarak, Cairo’s Tahrir square has remained a symbolic focus for the revolution. Demonstrators still gather in huge numbers to celebrate the fall of the former regime and to call for further reforms, as well as to demand the prosecution of ex-administration figures.

Gatherings in the square largely have a celebratory atmosphere; groups of people turn up to debate politics, sing protest songs and call for other autocratic Arab regimes to fall, with street vendors selling tea, snacks and flags. But there have been some outbreaks of violence, such as clashes with the military last week after protesters refused to disperse, leading to the deaths of at least two civilians. 

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