The Second Revolution: May 27 in Tahrir Square

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  • One

    After the conclusion of the morning prayer in Tahrir, the first chants to emerge from the crowds were 'Lift your head up, you're Egyptian' and 'We are one', demonstrating unity despite a recent increase in sectarian violence. The Cross and Crescent symbol has come to represent the push for national unity.

  • Shabab

    The youth of Cairo came out in droves for the demonstration - including the younger set. The demonstration was not, however, strictly young or strictly male, and families came out in huge numbers to spend the day chatting, picnicking, and enjoying Tahrir as a 'liberated' space once again.

  • Time Out

    Newly planted grass in Tahrir - part of a beautification and anti-camping effort undertaken by the military - allowed for picnicking and napping in the midday heat.

  • 27

    May 27 graffiti has become visible across Cairo, marking the date set for the 'second revolution'.

  • Vantage

    The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the May 27 demonstration, leaving Tahrir open to minority opinions and producing a feeling of freedom to discuss and present increasingly liberal views that have been challenged in other recent protests.

  • Choreograph

    Some participants in the May 27th demonstration choreographed their protests, further evidencing an explosion of creativity in the aftermath of the January 25 uprising.

  • From Tahrir to Puerta Del Sol

    Egyptians take great pride in the influence they have had on other uprisings in the region and further, expressing solidarity and taking on other struggles as their own. The Spanish uprising has captured attention worldwide, and parallels to Tahrir have been drawn in a number of international media.

  • Vice President?

    Dr Monir Saad is the first Coptic Christian to run for the post of Vice President of the Republic of Egypt. The role of Vice President was not filled under Mubarak until in a desperate attempt to satisfy the January 25th uprising, he appointed a long-time ally to the position.

  • Termis

    A boy sells termis - a sprouted bean - as a snack.

  • Tea

    Mobile tea sellers circulated through the protest, making sure nobody was left empty-handed.

  • Martyr

    Memorials and photographs of people killed during the revolution have maintained a constant presence in Tahrir.

  • Kites

    A giant kite of the Egyptian flag flew over Tahrir during the demonstration.

  • Ambulance

    While there were no police or military officers to be found at the protest - in fact the military announced it would not 'protect' the demonstration, causing some to worry about a potential attack - a number of ambulances waited on Kasr al-Aini.

  • Dr Monir Saad

  • Street Art

  • 'Down Isreil + USA'

    Thirty years of support for the Mubarak regime and a tepid suggestion at the height of the revolution that the dictator see out the remainder of his term in office to ensure a 'smooth transition' have done little to build trust that the USA stands with the Egyptian people in their efforts towards true representative democracy.

  • Family

    Families flocked to Tahrir, socializing, chanting, and indulging in the festive atmosphere.

  • Flags

    Friends wave Palestinian and Egyptian flags while standing on top of a Metro sign.

  • Paper Cups

    A snack cart made its way through Tahrir, selling termis and nuts.

  • Morning Prayer

    Thousands gathered in Tahrir for the morning prayer before the protest began.

  • The Saddle

    On February 2, 2011, in a desperate attempt to crush the revolution, men on horseback and camelback attacked Tahrir Square, killing and injuring many. This memorial lists that date, and boasts the capture of '75 pro-Mubarak people from the army and the government plus 7 horses and 3 motorbikes'.

  • Messages

    Sign on the left: 'Wasted public money. Administrative corruption and corrupted government.' Sign on the right: 'Don't waste people's money on public gardens. Administrative threats? Drowning in corruption and we demand lifevests. In every garden in my country the voice of freedom calls. He who loves Egypt cannot harm its public gardens. Please help us to protect Egypt'

  • Revolution Babies

    Young babies, many born during the January 25 uprising, were present throughout Tahrir, demonstrating confidence in the safety of the protest and a sense of the future.

  • Posing

    Many of those gathered in Tahrir relished the opportunity to pose for the camera, simply to document the moment.

  • Photographs

    Tahrir has become a market for political and popular memorabilia. A man looks at photos of Osama Bin Laden, placed among others of Anwar Sadat, Gamal Abd el-Nasser, Saddam Hussein, Che Guevara, and a number of movie and pop stars.

  • Audience

    Stages were set up on various points around Tahrir square, each attracting its own set of interested demonstrators.

  • Loading...

    The internet has played a critical role in not only mobilizing people for the 25 January uprising, but also in maintaining the revolution and providing an arena for debate.

  • The Show

    Competing ideas and ideologies were presented from different points around Tahrir. Celebrities, singers, politicos, and more made appearances to the cheering - and at times jeering - delight of the demonstrators.

  • Revolution Wear

    Wristbands and other revolution paraphernalia were peddled throughout Tahrir.

  • The Revolution Artists Union

    The Revolution Artists Union has had a presence at many of the Tahrir demonstrations, cordoning off a small space for artists to creatively interpret the day.

  • KFC Clinic

    The Tahrir Square Kentucky Fried Chicken - which served as a clinic during the revolution - was once again a locale for treatment and attention from a physician, despite heavy metal shutters closing off the restaurant itself.

  • Tears

    A man cried as he prayed this morning in Tahrir.

  • May the revolution not end

  • Street Art

    The roads through Tahrir have literally become a canvas for street art.

  • Mubarak

    More from the Revolution Artists Union.

  • Better Times?

    Revolution memorabilia is now being augmented by nostalgic imagery from the Sadat and Nasser era.

  • Media

    Chants and personalities rose to the occasion as al Jazeera and others broadcast scenes of the crowd.

  • Graffiti

    After a week of grafitti related news, during which artists were arrested and massive murals went up around Cairo, street artists took to the walls around Tahrir.

  • Chains

    Many at the demonstration are frustrated with the pace of justice and the slow moving Mubarak trial.

  • Free Ganzeer

    On the eve of the demonstration, three local artists were arrested and put before military prosecutors for hanging the poster in this photograph. The poster reads 'Freedom Mask, brought to you by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces for an unlimited time'. The three artists were released under pressure from activist community members.

  • Colors

    Face painters walked through the crowd, adding to the festive atmosphere.

  • Memorial

  • Caricature

    Political art has flourished in the days since Mubarak was removed. A political satirist draws along a wall at Tahrir.

  • Under the Flag

    A massive flag was carried through Tahrir just after morning prayers were completed. Demonstrators chanted 'We are one!' as they passed.

  • Martyrs of the Revolution