12 Videos of Poetry, Performance, Music, and Dance from Cairo’s Tahrir Square (VIDEOS)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.  In these 12 videos, words can’t fully describe the passion, the resilience, the commitment demonstrators in Tahrir Square have for a better Egypt.  Organic and grassroots, it’s inspiring to watch defiant idealism that has nothing to lose but its own muting.

1. Day of Departure: Protesters break out into song, lead by Ramy Essam.  “A reminder of what the Egyptian Revolution is all about,” wrote eyeinsidefilm. “It’s not a political or religious uprise. It started with the Peaceful Youth and will always remain that way. It has always been peaceful from the protesters side.”

2. From Al Jazeera English, protesters are singing together and creating public art installations as they continue to defy curfew, stating “that they would rather sleep under a tank than allow anyone to evict them.”

3. Protesters pass the time playing music off a laptop and singing and dancing along:

4. 12-year-old Loukan Mohamed leads the crowd in chants and song:

5. Demonstrators dance to an Egyptian folkloric band:

6. A funny protest chant about Mubarak and Condeleeza Rice:

7. Another humorous chant from demonstrators:

8. A group chant from February 6, Sunday of Martyrs:

9. A band plays the song “Befslona”

10. A band plays “Yo7ka Ana”

11. A band plays “Belady Belady,” Egypt’s national anthem:

12. On the way out, this is how goodbyes are said: “We’ll come tomorrow, And bring our friends, And after tomorrow, We’ll bring our neighbours. See you tomorrow!”

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Photo courtesy of Ghazala Irshad via Facebook


garima a.
garima a.8 years ago

thanks. Great to see people connecting and enjoying their culture, especially during a protest. Rarely happens on such a large scale now.

Janet E. S.
Past Member 8 years ago

Most of these show only men. In the #9, #10, and #11 videos, there are a very few women, but nothing like the 20% we are told make up the crowds. Women are not a big part of this 'democractic' movement. They are probably at home unable to feed their children due to high food costs and no jobs. Where is democracy for women in Egypt, and where are the rights of women?

Ahlam Zaid
Ahlam Zaid8 years ago

MabroOoOoOok Ya Masr ... MabroOoOoOk ya shabab Masr...MabroOoOoOok ya sh3ab Masr we al3alm al3rabi ..

Ahlam Zaid
Ahlam Zaid8 years ago

MabroOoOoOok Ya Masr ... MabroOoOoOk ya shabab Masr...MabroOoOoOok ya sh3ab Masr we al3alm al3rabi ..

Nancy Thomas
Nancy Thomas8 years ago

now the government of egypt changed, we think b peace there

Tim Cheung
Tim C8 years ago

Keep peace. Thanks.

ana p.
ana p8 years ago


Mary H.
Mary Hendryx8 years ago

Aren't these young people wonderful!!! what an inspiration they are. They put me to shame, and you too. We should be outside the Capitol in DC, protesting the lack of Congressional attention to creation of jobs for our 99ers and every other citizen that has not been able to find a job. I guess I'll just keep sending e-mails to my Senators and Representatives, and reflect on what a lazy boob I am.

James Morley
James Morley8 years ago

Some readers might finally understand that Al Jazeera is a perfectly good site, ans some might even realise the emancipation of women in this revolution.

Bon L.
Bon L8 years ago

Thanks for the info.