Tuesday, December 4, 2012
In a related protest, 12 independent newspapers and five privately-owned television networks were "on strike" today with the newspapers not publishing and the channels dark. Five of the papers ran variants of the same image on their front page, shown here from Tahrir, showing a human figure made of newspaper in a jail cell, all bearing the slogan in red "no to dictatorship." The Tahrir caption shown adds "Al-Tahrir and the Free Media will disappear tomorrow."
While the liberal and secularist protesters showed their strength today, the sort of serious violence that occurred during the protests of last November and December, when the stripping and beating of "blue bra woman" became an international scandal. The decision last weekend by the Muslim Brotherhood to hold its pro-Morsi rally at Cairo University rather than in Tahrir Square showed a recognition of the risks of bloodshed and police and security forces refrained from firing rubber bullets or live ammunition today, using only teargas. The polarization of society is real and exacerbated by Morsi's actions, but the bloodshed of a year ago, with a handful of exceptions last week, is not yet in evidence.