Breaking Barricades and Braving Barbs

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Last December, I walked up the street towards Cairo’s Presidential Palace. It was the location of a massive anti-Morsi protest. Protesters were chanting for the fall of the regime. As I neared the front, I found people clawing at the barricades that the army had installed. With bare hands they braved the sharp barbs and began to tear it down. Egyptian conscripts watched nervously as thousands of protesters pushed at the barriers. As dark fell and I left, the protesters broke through. The army didn’t stop them and soon they were dancing on the tanks.

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