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The Second Egyptian Revolution

Thousands return to Tahrir Square as Central Security Forces and military police continue violent attacks: Interviews with Egyptian activists Sherif Joseph Rizk and Yehia El Gammal

by Lillian Boctor

Tahrir Square protester with bullet casings on his fingers from ammunition shot at protesters by security forces and military police.
Tahrir Square protester with bullet casings on his fingers from ammunition shot at protesters by security forces and military police.
Tahrir Square protester with tear gas cannister shot by security forces and military police. Photo Credit: Ahmed Ghappour
Tahrir Square protester with tear gas cannister shot by security forces and military police. Photo Credit: Ahmed Ghappour

The second wave of the Revolution has come back to Tahrir Square. After the massive demonstration on Friday, 18 November 2011, calling for an end to military rule, about 200 people, mainly family members of martyrs who died in the January 25 uprisings and people who were previously injured, staged a sit-in at Tahrir Square. Central Security Forces and Egyptian military police violently dismantled the sit-in, and since then, thousands have come together to reoccupy Tahrir Square. The police and military continue to attack protesters with live bullets, tear gas and other ammunition.

As of Monday, 21 November 2011, the Egyptian Ministry of Health has confirmed at least 22 dead and over 1700 injured. The protesters vow to continue their occupation of Tahrir Square until the ruling military council, or SCAF, steps down. Protests against ongoing military rule are happening throughout Egypt.

I spoke by phone to two Egyptian activists and members of the New Republic Project, Sherif Joseph Rizk and Yehia El Gammal, on early Monday morning, 21 November 2011. They had spent the last three days and nights in Tahrir Square and are continuing to protest.

Sherif Joseph Rizk starts out by telling me what has happened since Friday, 18 November 2011, in Tahrir Square, and Yehia El Gammal begins saying there are piles of dead bodies at the morgue, victims of the attacks by Central Security Forces and military police.

To hear more interviews from Egypt, visit my soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

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