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Attorney Ahmed El-Assiuty was alive and well in Tahrir square on Thursday morning, less than a day after Mubarak supporters raided the heart of the protest movement, inciting clashes that left at least six dead and hundreds wounded.
El-Assiuty spoke to The Jerusalem Post with a defiant tone late Tuesday night at a building housing the Egyptian Attorneys' Union office only blocks from Tahrir square, vowing that he and the dozens of his colleagues inside would fight if need be to force Mubarak from power, and that no matter how long it takes they would stay until there mission is accomplished.
“Egyptian people are like the camel, we are patient, patient, but when we lose control we are very dangerous”
union office was a fortress on Tuesday, and dozens of attorneys and
their sons were crowded inside together watching Al Jazeera. The lawyers
kept the building open for 24 hours, letting female protesters from
Tahrir square sleep safely free of charge, and keeping an all-night
watch on the building carrying sticks and knives in hand to keep looters
El-Assiuty said that looters were on the prowl and that
they were sure that at some point Mubarak would let loose the violent
repercussions, a possibility he said he was more than ready for.
“We stay until he leaves, we don't care how long it takes, he has to leave now. If we could, we would hang him in the street.”
Moments later, two scooters drove by, each with three men waving Egyptian flags and chanting “Mubarak, Mubarak”.
A young man named Ahmed Faouz said “Mubarak pay them, he gives them money and drugs; hashish, Viagra, whatever.”
lawyers and their compatriots gave an exceptionally warm welcome to the
American wandering the streets several hours after curfew, and time and
again asked for an inside take on Barack Obama and Hillary Clintons'
motivations in regard to Egypt and the revolution.
had the feeling of a safe haven for people who were confident they could
wait out a 30-year-dictator and had no intention whatsoever of leaving.
the Mubarak supporters charged the square Wednesday night their fate
became an object of great personal curiosity and on Thursday I made a
call to El-Assiuty who answered immediately, shouting “hey Bill! Come to
the square, we are all here!” as though nothing had happened. He said
two colleagues were hurt in the clashes, but only lightly. When the time
came to fight, they broke the pavement into rocks and hurled them at
Mubarak's men, and according to El-Assiuty “we still aren't going