The eighteen days of the Egyptian revolution have been symbolized by Tahrir Square, as it unified the revolutionaries, magnified their certainty in their supremacy, and empowered them to topple a mutual enemy. However, the success of the revolution is currently in doubt due to the separation over sectarian benefits, and the evident remnant of familiar tyranny that was recently portrayed in Port Said massacre. The revolutionaries no longer resort to Tahrir Square as the only place to voice their objection, nonetheless, they carry out marches from all around the city directed towards a symbolic governmental building. This alternation is but a predictable escalation to the indifference of many towards the brutality of SCAF and the deliberate slow pace of the transitional phase. Over a year ago, people called for “Bread, Freedom, Social Justice”, and because their demands were not met, their chants didn’t change, only the symbol did.
Tahrir Square has been the refuge for all demands, and it might have been surprising to us Egyptians because for as long as we can remember we were never guaranteed even minimal freedom of expression. Due to the novelty of this ‘freedom’, it was abused, allowing Tahrir Square to be used as a weapon to cage the claims of the revolution. SCAF strives to imprison the revolution within the perimeter of the Square. The revolutionaries are literally forbidden to protest elsewhere, which connotes the restriction of motives and ideas. To the extent that when demonstrations are held anywhere else, the protesters are blamed for creating chaos and are referred to as “thugs”. Plainly, the regulation of location is a method of governing the expansion and success of the revolution.
This arranged limitation paves way for an immense increase in the spread and dominance of inaccurate and deceitful media. The fact that the revolutionary movement only takes place in Tahrir Square, allows the media to manipulate the reports in favour of the regime, associating protesters with violence. The lack of stability in the country is not due to the protests, however, many fail to acknowledge thist because of the bias media reports and also because Tahrir Square may seem alien to those who rarely visit it.
The new approach, the marches, permits a greater number of Egyptians to participate and take part of the demonstrations. Several marches are conducted at the same time, to reveal the power of the people from all around the city, and that dissimilar individuals are united. The marches being the symbol of the Revolution aids in increasing the number of demonstrators. Firstly it encourages those who remain uncertain, because they witness people from their social class, from their neighbourhoods joining the marches; which augments the credibility of the protesters. Secondly, the marches signify the diffusion of the revolutionary demands all around Egypt, showing that it’s not only Tahrir Square, but a large number of egyptians protesting in disagreement with SCAF. Undeniably, the marches leave less room for media to control the image of the revolution and to pretend to speak on their behalf.
Tahrir Square included all different sects and types of Egyptians (Muslims, Christians, Ikhwan, Salafis, and Liberals); representing the power of unity in one place. However, the marches incorporate only persistent revolutionaries in all streets of Cairo; illustrating the continuous urge to fight for Democracy and the rights that the Egyptian martyrs sacrificed their lives for.
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