It’s about 5 a.m. in North Carolina, which means it’s noon in Egypt. Because most of Egypt is Muslim, there are Friday prayers going on now, but there’s a showdown expected later today in Egypt. UPI reports that there’s a plan for protestors to march from Tahrir Square to the Presidential Palace to demand that President Mubarak step down.
The “bloody confrontation” mentioned above included attacks on journalists, as seen in this NYT headline from yesterday afternoon (Thursday, Feb 3):
But getting back to today’s planned march — I wondered where the Presidential Palace was located, relative to Tahrir Square. I think I found it on Google Earth — it’s about six miles from Tahrir Square:
I wanted to better picture the palace, so I did a quick image search for it:
When I clicked on the image on the left, I got a series of pictures that the Washington Post had online documenting President Obama’s June 2009 trip to Europe and the Middle East. He was at Normandy for the 65th anniversary of D-Day (June 6), but two days before D-Day, he was in Cairo where he met with President Mubarak at the Presidential Palace before delivering a major policy speech about US-Muslim relations.
The next photo (the one I thought the image link would lead me to) shows guards outside the Presidential Palace from that trip in 2009 — I imagine there are a few more guards outside the palace today. Will the protestors be able to march up to the palace, I wonder…
We’ll see what happens. It was nice to be reminded of President Obama’s connection to Egypt, however. Thanks, Google Images.
As usual, Nick Kristof has a great column in today’s NYT about the courage of the people who are protesting in Tahrir Square. It’s titled We Are All Egyptians.
Here’s a picture of the demonstrators getting ready to enter Tahrir Square Friday morning. As the sub-head describes, Egyptian protestors have decided that today (Friday, Feb 4) is the “Friday of Departure” for Mubarak. We’ll see if he departs. We’ll also see if the protestors make it to the palace, and if the demonstration remains non-violent.