Saturday, February 5, 2011

Protests in support of the Egyptian people in Washington, D.C.

Well, these protests had been going on all across the U.S. for at least a week now. I finally managed to attend one in Washington, DC on Friday, February 4. Here are some highlights:



The protesters gathered in front of the White House at first. The remarkable thing about the crowd was that it wasn't just Egyptian-Americans there. Many other representatives of various Arab communities were there, too, as well as non-Arabs: friends, sympathizers, and just Americans who care.

At this point, one of the main organizers got on the phone with a protester, who was said to be in Tahrir Square in Cairo. He addressed the crowd here via a speaker. Perfect example of people-to-people, direct communication:




Some interesting signs and banners. Pretty telling and certainly, making good points:




Addressing one of the major "concerns"?


The great reminder. While Obama spoke INside the WH, with his Canadian counterpart, calling for "more".


Creative


The Prayer. In front of the White House. Significant.


And very moving.


Then the protesters marched towards the Congress: the group seemed to grow larger as it moved through downtown Washington.


Some shots. No comment...









Pretty much captures the irony of the whole situation. Especially when speaking of public diplomacy...


The protesters stopped in front of the Supreme Court...


... and ended the "Day of Departure" with two minutes of silence for all those who died in the protests in Egypt over the past week.


You can see more photos here. I also have several videos available here, although, due to my small camera and dying batteries, the quality is far from being great...

4 comments:

  1. ADNAN KAN PATRİA O MUERTE !February 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    CONGRATS YOU ARE DOIİNG A GREAT JOB I AM FAN OF YOUR PAGE FROM KARS IN A WAY FROM YOUR HOMETOWN YEREVAN GO YELENA GO .............

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  2. thanks Adnan! I hope all's well there in Kars? really looking forward to visiting the place some day :-)

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  3. I wish I were there with you people to ask my favourite President Obama, how we, his supporters, justify him as someone who is different from Presidents like Bush, Nixon and the likes. I urge all fair minded people to arrange a million people march in Washington DC next Friday. Please do it now before it is too late. MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO WASHINGTON DC THIS FRIDAY (2/11/11)

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  4. U got a link? (Facebook page, website, blogpost?) :-)

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