Last week during 'Self-Determination Friday', I walked down Talaat Harb towards Tahrir Square to join those hundreds of thousands protesters in their various demands for a free Egypt and the retreat of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. There was a large variety of different groups and political parties on Tahrir such as Revolutionary Socialists, liberal April 6 Movement, Salafist supporters of Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the National Association for Change, the Muslim Brotherhood Justice & Freedom party etc. On my way there I met a young Egyptian activist who kindly accompanied me and explained me many interesting things about the current political landscape and their relations with Egyptian society.
It was a beautiful day and I absolutely enjoyed the colorful and peaceful crowd on Tahrir and I had some lovely short talks with many Egyptian people despite my few words in arabic or their little knowledge in english language.
Unfortunately some very obscure and confusing news got to me later in the evening when I was sitting on a rooftop bar having a cold Stella beer. Egyptian friends called me saying that they received the news that I got beaten up on Tahrir Square and there would be a video on the Internet which accuses me of being a potential Israeli spy! And believe it or not: All because of a narrow-minded and paranoid journalist who spotted my tattooed pentagram star on my neck and immediately detected an Israeli conspiracy. Obviously this person doesn't know the difference between a five-pointed star, which is even found on many flags (Morocco, Algeria, China etc), and the six-pointed star of David. Anyway, I don't feel like explaining anything, the story is just too ridiculous and the fact that I was followed and filmed without any clear evidence is almost bordering on evil and massive stupidity.
Alhamdulillah, I'm doing well and I know that most Egyptians see this incident in the same way like I do. Nonetheless I'm looking forward to the rest of my stay in Cairo and some more exciting adventures.
Well I'm a human fly it's spelt F-L-Y
I say buzz buzz buzz and it's just because
I'm a human fly and I don't know why
I got ninety six tears in my ninety six eyes
I got a garbage brain it's drivin' me insane
And I don't like your ride so push that pesticide
And baby I won't care cause baby I don't scare
Cause I'm a reborn maggot using germ warfare
- The Cramps