Egyptian Revolution

The army and the people are certainly no longer one. Indeed the euphoria of Egypt's 25 January uprising has been replaced by fears that one repressive rule has simply been replaced with another.
Many are calling it the unfinished revolution. They would not be entirely wrong. In any case, the defiant spirit of Tahrir, now legendary throughout the world, has returned. This Sunday, tens of thousands of supporters returned to the birthplace of the revolution, Tahrir Square to demand that the transitional Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) immediately hand over power to a civilian government to oversee legislative and presidential elections.
As the SCAF has increasingly shown its colours, so the people's demands and chants have changed. The army, no longer perceived as the protectors but instead the new regime, are being held responsible for all violent action against the protesters.
Today a global protest will take place across 13 cities, from London to New York Paris to Manila, in solidarity with detained Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah.
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'.
While for many in the West the revolution in Egypt came out of the blue, for some, like the Egyptian writer and feminist Dr Nawal El Saadawi, the events that took place are the culmination of decades of work and longing for change.