Tahrir Square: Birthplace of hope

Tahrir Square Nov 25, 2011. Mobile pic by Ayman Mohyeldin.

Tahrir (“Liberation”) Square in Cairo was the birthplace of hope for millions if not billions of people in 2011.

It was here that the Eqyptian people launched a mighty democratic revolution. And it is where, in its second stage (or continuation as some prefer to call it), the Egyptian Revolution once again has the attention of the world as the year draws to a close.

The Egyptian revolution was not the first charge of the new wave of Arab revolt but it was the one that had the scale and power to topple a dictator, Hosni Mubarak, once believed to be unshakeable. The rich and power nations that backed Mubarak – the United States and Israel, in particular – had full confidence in his ability to repress any opposition. But to their total shock and horror they were proved wrong in February.

The Egyptian people proved to a new generation around the world that it can be victorious if it takes up the fight for liberation. And this is no small thing. The world’s oppressed majority can endure decades of misery, repression and indignation, knowing full well that the system needs to change, but still not have the confidence that they can make change.

The Egyptian people’s revolt broke that spell of inconfidence for many.

If the Egyptian people had not taken Tahrir Square and ousted the dictator Mubarak, there probably would have been no Spanish Indignado movement, no Occupation of Wall Street and no global Occupy movement.

And now the Egyptian revolution is giving the oppressed of world another important lesson: Not to acquiesce to the oppressors’ Plan B by taking to Tahrir Square once to demand that the Egyptian Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) step down.

In a year so boldly stamped by a new spirit of liberation, Green Left Weekly has responded to the challenge of informing, inspiring, connecting and helping organise people fighting for change all around the world.

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Tahrir Square November 25, 2011. Photo by Monasosh on Twitter.

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