Amidst the chaos of the Egyptian protests it sometimes takes one single jarring image to describe what the barrage of messy, raw information could never properly explain. Perhaps the more disturbing image coming out of what has now become a deadly national uprising arrived early this morning, as protesters took the corpse of one of the protest victims and carried it defiantly through the streets of Cairo.
The unidentified man became a symbol of the protest himself as the protesters flooding the streets carried him through. The comparison is difficult to make between these protests and those in Iran to oppose the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, but in terms of disturbing protest footage, this image is by far the closest the Egyptian protests have had to a moment like that of the videotaped death of Neda Agha-Soltan. One can only hope this is as close to a “Neda moment” Egypt needs to see before the country returns to stability.
The protests have continued throughout the night, defying the nation’s curfew laws. Protesters have, for the most part, expressed disappointment with president Hosni Mubarak‘s plan to replace the entire government administration and keep power for himself, with many noting that it was the violation of civil rights by the president himself, not the administration, that they protested.
The graphic footage via MSNBC below:
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