These pieces under the tagline “Ringside at Tahrir” were first published in The Telegraph in February 2011
Feb 9, cairo: They want his head; he’s offering them decrees of reform and pay-rise, no more.
The strident Go-Mubarak cry was pitched up on Tuesday with protesters demanding his trial for “crimes against the people and the state”, but Hosni Mubarak remained disdainfully indifferent to the clamour, even receiving the UAE foreign minister to suggest the uprising hadn’t cast a shadow on scheduled business.
Much of Cairo was immersed in recovery rites after a protracted shutdown. But spurred by the sudden release of Google executive Wael Ghonim, whose Facebook page became the staging-post of the January 25 eruption, a human torrent billowed into the smouldering heart of Tahrir Square on Tuesday afternoon, assailing the establishment with that one demand it has refused to heed: Go Mubarak! Cairo’s face remained bizarrely fractured between the quotidian and the chaotic. Continue reading “Google face enlivens Tahrir – Mubarak disdainful, deputy dangles more sops”