Night City

At 1.30 in the morning, Cairo streets are quiet enough that traffic can actually speed. It makes them marginally more dangerous. The city snoozes, but like New York, it never sleeps.

At the all-night falafel joint, the television was tuned to a station following the Ahly team bus back from Port Said. The mood was subdued.

In the bar in Zamalek where I met an old friend this evening, all the discussion was about why the killings at Port Said had been planned. No-one really questioned that they were planned.

John, the fellow guest mentioned in my last post, made it back fine from the stadium where the Zamalek match was called off at half time. The mood there was apparently very strange. When they announced the cancellation, people did not leave the stadium. It was only when more riot police/central security forces arrived that families with children (and John) started to make their way out. At that moment the very suspicious fire flared up at the top of the stadium, with no apparent cause.

Ramses railway station is apparently full of angry Ahly fans, back from Port Said. A march on the Interior Ministry is planned for tomorrow. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF – ruling junta) has announced three days of mourning. No-one seems quite sure what that means in practice. On Twitter the (reasonable) question is why this didn’t happen after the deaths at Maspero, for example.

Tonight, Egypt sleeps uneasily.


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2 thoughts on “Night City

  1. Jason says:

    Looks like Tahrir Square is becoming the location of choice for all demonstrations, regardless of cause – maybe they’ll have to rename it. Glad you’re safe – keep it that way

  2. Elaine says:

    We echo what Jason says!(re keeping safe). It all looks a bit unpleasant!

    Mum and Dad xxx

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