Long time fan of democracy, first time protester:
For most of the day, black-clad riot police in phalanx formations fired near-constant barrages of tear gas, plugged the cities bridges and central thoroughfares and successfully held disparate groups of protesters at bay on the periphery of central Cairo. But they were overwhelmed as numbers steadily grew and as ordinary Egyptians continued to flood into the streets.
Some families marched with young children. On the west bank of the Nile River, Hisham Sherif, a biomedical engineer protesting for the first time in his life, together with wife, Faher, dabbed at the tear-gas filled eyes of their eight-, nine- and 11-year old children. “We’re a little afraid,” said Mr. Sherif, “but we need freedom for the children.”
Here’s a professional, a guy with a stake, out with his family. Facing a state security apparatus all too willing to fire on its own citizens, faced with a deployed military whose intentions are still opaque, this is the kind of courage most of us will never have to display.
For which we should be humbly thankful.