Egypt cannot tolerate the Tahrir Square protests much longer according to Vice President Omar Suleiman. “We must end this crisis as soon as possible,” he said.
But on day 16, activists are undaunted.They are considering their next moves and whether or not they switch their protest to state TV and radio, as predicted by some.
For now the focus is on their own community radio station. “On this station, we have poems and speech,” said presenter Mohamed Ali. “For example, if an elderly man who does not know how to write wants to speak, we will give him space for that. Most of the songs are nationalist songs and songs about martrys – but no love songs.”
They are also using art to reject rumours that activists are being paid cash and fed meals from Kentucky Fried Chicken in a sign of Western influence.
Empty boxes of the traditional Egyptian dish kushary are being taken from rubbish bins and used to write the word ‘Kentucky’, according to Zaki Khalfa of the Artists’ Association. This, he says, is a strong symbol against those who claim protesters are eating KFC.
The square has been occupied so long that some protesters even need a haircut and barber Ahmed Samy is volunteering his services. “It is free, a service for the great people of Egypt who have come to support the revolution and to make it successful,” he said.
But whether all the goodwill and determination will be enough to achieve their aims, only time will tell.
Egypt crisis must end says Suleiman