Nearly a year after Egyptians took to the streets in an uprising that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak, it is time for the army to return to barracks and have nothing more to do with the running of the country, the writer Ahdaf Soueif said at a panel discussion in London last night.
Egypt has seen the initial round of its first supposed 'free and open' elections. Following a week of violence that saw a 120-hour battle between the Egyptian state forces and the protesters on Tahrir, up until the last minute, voters, judges, candidates and journalists weren't sure the elections would go ahead.
On Sunday, Alaa was detained by the military for supposedly 'stealing military weapons' and 'inciting violence' at Maspero, just days after he spoke at Occupy Oakland in America. Today is Maikel Nabil's 73rd day of hunger strike - he is an activist who was imprisoned for writing a blog entitled: 'The people and the army were never one hand'.