Tahrir Square is Empty, But Protests Continue Elsewhere in Middle East

After weeks of camping out, resisting attacks by thugs, and  expressing elation and disappointment in unison, the masses of Egyptian protesters who made history and ousted Hosni Mubarak have finally left Tahrir Square with the dwindling remainder being kicked out by the army, now in rule.

While the Egyptian army has temporarily (we hope) prohibited protests, they have also acted quickly to bow to pressure from the people and have committed to a new constitution within ten days and elections in about six months. In a Sunday statement the army also implicitly said it would honor its peace treaty with Israel.

Read more at the BBC.  This interactive map from the New York Times shows the strategic centrality of Tahrir square in the revolution.

Meanwhile, protests continue in Egypt's neighbors continue. Iranian authorities have pre-emptively cracked downon dissenters there hoping to re-fuel the movement for change that was so brutally crushed and has been kept at bay thanks to s steady stream of executions.

In Bahrain and Yemen, protests continue, including clashes with police.



AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 14, 2011, 3:07am

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