Friday 17 November 2017

Robert Fisk: Egyptians have lost their fear as they sense Mubarak is finished

Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo yesterday
Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo yesterday

Robert Fisk

THE OLD lady in the red scarf was standing inches from the front of an American-made M1 Abrams tank of the Egyptian Third Army, on the edge of Tahrir Square.

Its soldiers were paratroops, some in red berets, others in helmets, gun barrels pointed across the square, heavy machine guns mounted on the turrets. "If they fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished," she said. "And if they don't fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished." Of such wisdom are Egyptians now possessed.

Shortly before dusk, four F-16 Falcons -- again, of course, manufactured by President Barack Obama's country -- came screaming over the square, echoes bouncing off the shabby grey buildings and the giant Nasserist block, as the eyes of the tens of thousands of people in the square stared upwards.

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