These pieces under the tagline “Ringside at Tahrir” were first published in The Telegraph in February 2011.
Feb 6, Cairo: President Hosni Mubarak attempted to throw off the grinding siege on him late tonight, dismissing the top leadership of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and replacing son Gamal with Hossam Badrawi, a known reformist, as general secretary.
The manoeuvre was immediately and summarily rejected by protagonists of the Tahrir Square uprising as cosmetic concessions dangled by a panicked dictatorship. Hosni Mubarak does not want to budge from presidency, at least until September, and the protesters would have nothing short of that. “Mubarak must Go!” they continued to chant, “Go, Go, Mubarak!”