Today is the first friday of the previous six months that protesters have not been camped out in the Square. Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo, has become more famous than the Egyptian Museum (situated next to the square) in recent history. The January Revolution took place inside the Square, where tens of thousands met during the day to demand the removal of Mubarak from the Presidency (among other things) with hundreds remaining camped there throughout the night for months.
On August 1, the Egyptian Army forced the protesters to leave the square for the first time since the January Revolution. We witnessed the Square hours after it had been emptied on Monday, and today Brice and I got to see their method of keeping people out. Egyptian police, standing at arm’s length from one another, stood at attention with helmets and shields around the proximity of the Square. They were supported by a dozen Army vehicles and soldiers positioned stoically around the Square. It was a peaceful scene, and a very welcome one to the Egyptians walking or driving within the Square; they are pleased their lives can return back to normal.