On Friday, January 28, 2011 an emboldened crowd of Egyptian protestors rumbled by my friend and I. Leading them was an Egyptian protestor with an outstretched black baton and a raised police riot shield. Not five minutes earlier, the announcement had come over Al-Jazeera Arabic: Security forces have retreated in Cairo, the Suez, and Alexandria. Protestors are now in control of those cities.
My eyes followed the surging crowd as they ran south towards one of the major conflict centers in Alexandria, Menshia. I turned to see my friend, his jaw dropped and eyes wide open. I said just two words in Egyptian Arabic: dee thawra. This is a revolution.
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Written by Charles Baker who was studying abroad in Alexandria, Egypt until he was evacuated in late January 2011.