Wednesday, 9 February 2011

No one on a horse

The heroes are the ones in the street. The heroes are each one of us. There’s no one on a horse, smacking his saddle and moving the people. Don’t let anyone deceive you and tell you that. This is the revolution of the youth of the internet. This is the revolution of the youth of the internet, which then became the revolution of the youth of Egypt. And now it’s become the revolution of all of Egypt. There is no hero here, and there is no one who should take the seal. We are all heroes. That’s it.
In case you haven’t yet seen the Dream TV interview with Wael Ghonim following his release Monday, you can watch and read about it in this post at The New York Times news blog, The Lede. An alternative translation is available as a YouTube playlist here, but I think it’s incomplete. Wael Ghonim’s Twitter feed is here. Today’s clips of his CNN interview and his address at Tahrir Square are in today’s live blog on Egypt by The New York Times.

See also EA WorldView for more on this and other events, including new protests in previously quiet Upper Egypt, new strikes, and a new focus of protest in Cairo outside the Parliament. More on the Parliament protest in this NY Times video. Reports on Monday described a government strategy of constraining and isolating the Tahrir Square protest, while normalising the rest of the city. The Parliament protest is one way of countering that. Egypt’s decentralised mass movement is not playing chess, it’s playing Go.

An extra link from The Wall Street Journal, Thugs-for-Hire Leave Mark on Protests, Egyptians Say, by Sam Dagher. The opening:
As popular anger against the Egyptian regime swelled last month, Saeed was locked up in a prison at a Cairo police station. The station's chief approached him with a bargain: Saeed would attack and help disperse the protesters that were converging on Cairo's Tahrir Square—and in return, Saeed recalled, the chief would erase the drug and illegal-arms-possession charges pending against him.

Image from The Game of Go, the National Game of Japan, by Arthur Smith, available for download at the Internet Archive.

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