Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… Cairo’s Tahrir Square has been thronged with tens of thousands of Egyptians once again, in an echo of scenes that toppled the former regime earlier this year.
Less than six months later, there is widespread frustration that the revolution has stalled. There were more demonstrations in other cities.
People are angry that prosecutions are slow to come about, and that key members of the old guard remain in place.
Although many hated figures were ousted, others remain in the judiciary, the police and civil service.
“We didn’t feel any change, we came here on January 28 and left on February 11 expecting that the country would change,” said protester Ali Hassan. “We need credibility, we need to feel that the country is beginning to change. Yet we see the same thing as before and the same characters are running the country.”
Once again tents are appearing in the square suggesting some intend to prolong the protest.
With parliamentary elections set for September, there is a renewed drive for unity after divisions surfaced in the protest movement in the wake of Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.