Alaa in Tahrir Square

3/10/2011 – Photo report. Article.

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Alaa in Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square (English: Liberation Square) is a major public town square in Downtown Cairo, Egypt. It was the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak. Over 50,000 protesters occupied the square on 25 January, and in the following days it continued to be the primary destination for protests in Cairo. Egyptian fighter aircraft flew low over the people gathered in the square, but the number of demonstrators grew to 100,000 and then at least 250,000.

On February 1st Al Jazeera reported that more than one million protesters peacefully gathered in the square and adjacent streets. On February 2nd violence erupted between the pro-Mubarak and pro-democracy demonstrators, followed by the February 3rd 'Friday of Departure' demonstration. Within a week, due to international media coverage, the image and name of Tahrir Square became known worldwide. The 18-day revolt was led by the young people of Egypt and joined by citizens of all ages, genders, and classes. They succeeded in removing Mubarak from power on February 11th 2011.


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