, Volume 67, Number 2

Leonie Northedge
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Leonie Northedge is working for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

On January 28, hundreds of mostly young Egyptians demanding the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak succeeded in turning Cairo's Tahrir Square into a protest hub. Here they shared meals, set up makeshift clinics and organised musical performances - all highly subversive actions in a state where little opposition was tolerated and protest is often subject to violent repression.

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