The ‘Orabi protests seem to have evolved about the way such demonstrations usually do: several hundred demonstrators assemble with signs and chants; thousands of police and State Security (and non-uniformed toughs from the ruling party) show up as well; there are some arrests, a few people roughed up or beaten with nightsticks; some women demonstrators are manhandled; and that's the end of it. Reuters' story is here. You can find a lot of streamed cellphone videos posted here; they mostly show helmets and demonstrators with signs.
One thing I find interesting is that the Reuters link above only mentions he ‘Orabi connection late in the article, and many of the accounts I've seen don't mention it at all. Perhaps this is because the reporter has no idea who ‘Orabi was, or assumes at least the readers won't, thus missing the historical symbolism the demonstrators were trying to evoke (see my earlier post). (The actual link, by the way, which I omitted earlier, is that September 21 was the date of ‘Orabi's death in 1911.)
We talked last year of the problems of "presentism" and lack of familiarity with regional history, culture and languages as impediments to understanding the region today, and I think that the reports that omit or downplay the ‘Orabi connection are an excellent example of this.
Sadly, so is the fact that historically, most Egyptian street demonstrations don't lead anywhere.