The Battle for Tahrir

by Nariman Youssef

Ahdaf Soueif on what I’m starting to call “The Battle for Tahrir” —

So who are these people? In support of the president, they throw Molotov bottles and plant pots from the tops of buildings onto the heads of women and children. To establish stability and order, they break heads with rocks and legs with bicycle chains. To have their say in the debate they slash faces with knives. Who are they?