People Prepare Makeshift Barricades – Angry Friday in Talaat Harb in Downtown Cairo – Cairo Picture

People Prepare Makeshift Barricades - Angry Friday in Talaat Harb in Downtown Cairo

28 January 2011. Soon after Friday prayers finished, an expectant crowd of local residents of all ages came out on to the streets around Talaat Harb and Tahrir Square. Talaat Harb is Cairo’s most famous Downtown shopping street lined with elegant Parisian style buildings and lies just to the east and north of the Square.

These small crowds threw up barricades across the roads and were soon attacked by the riot police, many hundreds of whom had been brought into the surrounding area in the morning. Strangely all this was watched by a number of spectators on balconies, some of whom had obviously been well prepared for the day and threw down onions. If you are suffering the milder effects of tear gas exposure in the form of stinging eyes – holding the onion near them causes tears to swell and this seems to help relieve the pain.

Image published by alisdare1 on 2011-11-17 00:47:33 and used under Creative Commons license.

Tagged: , Angry , Friday , Talaat , Harb , 28 , January , 2011 , barricades , Downtown , Cairo , protesters , demonstrators

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