Presidential Palace Protest: Photos
I can’t speak for the size of the protest, but it was massive. Revolution massive. Particularly given that it’s on a workday, and it’s on the eastern side of the city as opposed to downtown.
That the police withdrew within minutes of standoff – not even serious confrontation – was worrisome to me, but the sheer numbers of protesters were relieving. The Muslim Brotherhood will send their bussed militia of ‘supporters’ to fight with the protesters, but if our numbers continue as is, the MB won’t have the courage to storm that many people.
It was the most diverse protest I have seen in quite a while. More socio-economic diversity than the protests in Tahrir; definitely more gender diversity than the MB staged protests!
My predictions right now: some violence, especially if the numbers at the presidential palace dwindle. They probably will eventually. I also expect Morsi to back down in the coming couple of days – offering mediocre concessions, in an attempt to sow discord within the protesters, who may be numerous but whom more separate than unite.
We’ll see. I’ll expect to hear Morsi speak on Thursday.
In the meantime, below are a few photos of today; the full set is up at Flickr.