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MUST-HEAR Early Morning Phone Call to Al Jazeera from Mona Seif in Tahir Square, Egypt
by al jazeera english
Wednesday Feb 2nd, 2011 9:36 PM
This is a call-in to AL Jazeera from Egyptian pro-democracy demonstrator Mona Seif that just happened about an hour or two ago from Tahir Square as plain-clothes police and other thugs attacked pro-democracy demonstrators throughout the night. The news host is kind of annoying, sort of exploitive-sounding, but the call from Mona Seif is simply gut-wrenching. The exhaustion, fear, and sheer determination to carry on is incredibly inspiring. She says there is no turning back at this point, in order to honor those who have fallen and because she knows Mubarak would hunt her and all the other demonstrators down if they just gave up and went home. She forcefully asks how the world could let this happen if people outside Egypt really do care. You've gotta hear this! No reporter could ever capture the spirit of the moment in the square this way.
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It was Mona's second call into the station last night Egypt-time (the sun has risen there now as they are about 10 hours ahead of us on the U.S. west coast). The first was just as powerful. Hopefully she will remain safe, be able to call in more, and eventually see her dream of a truly democratic Egypt.

Video is 6 minutes 48 seconds long. Much thanks to the person who made this recording publicly available so fast.