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2011 Protests at Tahrir Square
Transcript of 2011 Protests at Tahrir Square
Khaled Saeed, age 28, was a normal Egyptian citizen who was murder by two Alexandrian cops who were recorded taking the spoils of a drug bust.
Cairo and Public Space
Public space is limited in Cairo
Buildings Around Tahrir Square
To the south of the square, the Mugamma is a soviet era building which contains government offices that issue paperwork from birth certificates to passports, essentially every Egyptian in the city had to enter through those doors which represent the power of the government .
Avery Nackman and Matt Marinelli
Ending Mubarak's Regime
The protests in Tahrir square
began in 2011 to end Mubarak's corrupted leadership.
Even though the protests in Tahrir
started in 2011 the true battle against
Mubarak began half a year earlier...
His death sparked the revolution against Mubarak's regime. Those who were afraid of their government gathered at Tahrir square and protested Mubarak and everything he stands for.
Mubarak left office after the 18 days of protest and the military took over until the next election
Protests began as an attempt to regain civil liberties that poor and middle class Egyptians felt had been stolen from them.
Several days into the protests government forces attacked the peaceful protestors and the mission of the protest changed to ending Mubarak's regime
Protestors Versus Government Forces
Tahrir Square became the social base of revolution in 2011 because it is one of the only public spaces in Cairo as well as its proximity to important political and cultural buildings.
To the West of the square, the headquarters of the Arab League stand as a reminder of the unity of the Arab States and the attempt to modernize the region after World War II.
To the North lies the Egyptian Museum which contains artifacts from when Egypt was ruled by pharaohs, a symbolic connection to the autocratic government of Mubarak.
One block away, the headquarters of Mubarak’s political party overlooks those who pass through the square
Historically, public space in the middle east was characterized by Mosques
Tahrir Square was vehicle traffic roundabout limiting who actually felt the need to use the square
Since the 2011 protest the function of the square has changed
Now the square is characterized by public gatherings to promote social change
(Former) NDP Headquarters
Arab League Headquarters