When all roads are closed

When all roads are closed

 

An Egyptian boy plays on his bicycle in Cairo's Tahrir square a day after thousands of demonstrators gathered to commemorate 25 January anniversary (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)

An Egyptian boy plays on his bicycle in Cairo’s Tahrir square a day after thousands of demonstrators gathered to commemorate 25 January anniversary
(AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)

 

On an individual level, living a double life is often frowned upon on. It never seemed possible for an entire nation to lead a double life, but Egypt is, after all, the “mother of all nations”. So, if someone else can do it, we definitely can. Following a festive yet tragic 25 January, Egyptians woke up to blocked roads and a closed-off Tahrir Square, with a guardian beast on every threshold, be it a threatening security officer or imposing iron fence. “None shall pass,” has become the phrase of the day. Yet, hope remained for those who do not use vehicles. Two-wheel drive became the name of the game. So, in a closed square and under watchful guardians’ eyes, children played and continued to do bicycle tricks. It’s only fair when adults are stuck in traffic.

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