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A Monument to Popular Revolution in Cairo

History Old and New ....

By Bonnie Bates.  This is the burned-out headquarters of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It continues to stand as a monument to the popular revolution that ousted him from office in 2011, and is proudly shown-off by Cairenes exclaiming “We did this!”. This contemporary monument sits in juxtaposition to its neighbour, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses treasures from Egypt’s ancient past. Nearby is Tahrir Square, the home of the 2011 revolution and subsequent weekly demonstrations that helped to overthrow Mohamed Morsi in 2013. With the election of former army commander Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as their new President, is Egypt returning to old ways, or charting a new course? This trifecta of monuments speaks to history old and new in Cairo, and how dynamic Egyptian history and politics continues to be after so many millennia.

 

About Bonnie Bates (13 Articles)
Currently working towards a Masters in History and African Studies at Carleton University, my areas of interest include North African and Saharan history, gender, identity, culture, politics and language.

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