It has been 10 months since the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, but those in Tahrir Square this week are experiencing an eerie repeat of the January uprisings: bloody and sometimes deadly clashes with riot police, clouds of tear gas, thousands of injuries, and speeches from a ruler who appears days, at minimum, behind the pulse of the street. As Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s interim military ruler, gave a highly anticipated address touching on the political turmoil, riot police continued to assault protesters, rapid fire style, with tear gas canisters. In response to demands that the military council (Security Council of Armed Forces) cease running the country, Tantawi suggested the matter be decided in a public referendum – which drew widespread criticism from politicians and activists. Soon after news of Tantawi’s speech spread through Tahrir, people chanted, “Leave, leave.”
Read our continuous coverage on events in Egypt as reported by Turnstyle News reporter Shadi Rahimi.