Extract from second draft of #Egypt#Jan25
We hear the sound of technology grinding back into action and digital messages rushing back and forth. Tarek and his sister Nevine are at home.
Checking his messages
Thank God – the Internets back on – Hey Nevine – Mahmoud is asking if we’ve seen the online images of the streets – they’re empty – but the Police r everywhere.
Checking his appearance
Check – Hoodie, running shoes, phone charge up, cash …and some mace just in case. Am I ready!
Remember that Mahmoud said to use the hashtag #Jan25 to spread any information on our tweets……. And mace? How did you get hold of that Tarek?
That’s for me to know and you to find out. There’s a tent in Tahrir Square – the ‘Freedom Motel’ it’s called – I’m going in and camping out there…..wrapped in this (he holds up an Egyptian Flag and then puts it down as he pulls his hood up)
Be careful Tarek. If mum knew you were going to the Square she’d go mad. All that ‘ down with Mubarek graffiti’ you and your mates scrawled all over the place – it’s being changed by pro Mubarek thugs – it’s dangerous….
Fuck it – I’m going anyway (he starts to leave)
Wait Tarek, I’m coming with you ….(she grabs a coat, and the flag that Tarek has forgotten and runs after him ..)
Mahmoud is in another location in Cairo sat in front of a screen
Mahmoud: On Facebook – we see the messages on the screen
The mood inEgypttoday is different Ramy. Too many ppl still beholden to the mentality of slaves. This is so frustrating
A lot of ppl talking on the street saying that this is good enough & we should not forget what Mubarek did for us. The irony baffles me
Ramy – r u there?
Ramy: At home on Facebook – replies to Mahmoud
But the country seems to be splitting apart. The cracks in my own family have started already…..
We are fighting for u, for all of us, for change, and now that we are a hair away from victory u betray us ! Get down to the Square …..
I want a peaceful protest, not a revolution. I don’t think it is going to be like that
Mahmoud: (replying on Facebook )
Get down there Ramy – it will be ok. I’ll meet u there….
Mahmoud strides off – Ramy stares out of the window of his room – we hear the pro change group chanting “SALMEYA” (PEACEFUL) in the background
Ramy (to himself) : They are chanting “Salmeya – Peaceful, Salmeya – Peaceful…….”
Ramy then puts on his coat and leaves
Tahrir Square – noise of angry crowd- Nevine and Tarek enter
I can’t believe how many Pro Mubarek people are marching into the Square – let’s go home Tarek – this could get really ugly.
No. You stay here with the women. It’s safer for you. If we don’t stand up to them it’s the end for us anyway. The police cannot kill us because we are already dead. Try and contact Mahmoud – tell him where we are – I’m going in …….
Tarek runs off into the crowd – noise of fighting, protesters shouting
Nevine: shouts after him
Tarek – be careful………
Tweeting – we see the messages on the screen
INCREDIBLE stand-off between pro-change and pro-Mubarek demonstrators at Tahrir square NOW #Jan25
Another pro Mubarek group now throwing stones . Stones flying everywhere #Jan25
She stops tweeting and looks around – says to herself
What the hell is the army doing down there? Why aren’t they protecting people?
(We hear the pro change group chanting “Where is the army” & “The people want the president to be prosecuted” – huge amount of noise)
Mahmoud and Ramy run on – Nevine shouts to them
Mahmoud, Ramy – over here
She grabs Mahmoud’s arm
I’m scared Mahmoud, Tarek has gone intoTahrir Square….. and Mubarek wants the blood of Egyptians on the streets – it’s not safe….