In an Egypt polarised between Islamists and supporters of the army, a ‘third pole’ opposing them both is making its presence felt, claiming that real change can only take place outside the official halls of power. Here they speak their minds.
Tahrir Square can hardly contain them all. The streets leading into the square are packed with jubilant protesters, while army helicopters cruise overhead, as if guiding the people towards the square that holds the promise of freedom. The Egyptians have responded to General Abdel al-Fattah el-Sisi’s appeal and are noisily showing their support in this fateful hour of the ‘war on terror’. Millions are singing, hugging each other and waving photos of the new leader and of former president Gamal Abdel Nasser.