In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, thousands have flooded into Tahir Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution which overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak.
This photo of the packed square is getting heavy play on Facebook profiles worldwide.
Despite the celebration, it’s been a long year for Egypt. When Mubarak left, the military took over. The regime has been reticent to give power over to an elected government and has repressed demonstrations with violence.
The Globalist spoke with local Egyptian-Americans about how far the revolution has come and how it affected the Seattle-area Egyptian community.
“The entrenchment is still there. We killed the head of the snake but the body is still lingering,” says Alaa Badr, an Egyptian-American who works at Microsoft who organized solidarity demonstrations last year. “And no one’s expecting that to go away over night.”
Tarek Dawoud, another Microsoft employee, recalled the elation of community members when Mubarak finally fell from power. At an impromptu public celebration, “we were giving out candy and chocolate, and people [passing by] knew what we were celebrating. For Egypt, people were honking and waving at us and everything.”