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Coordinates : 30°02′40″N 31°14′09″E / 30.0444°N 31.2357°E / 30.0444; 31.2357 Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
in 1958 Omar Makram Statue near Omar Makram Mosque — Tahrir Square, Cairo
Cairo

TAHRIR SQUARE (Arabic : ميدان التحرير‎‎ Mīdān at-Taḥrīr, IPA: , English : Liberation Square), also known as "Martyr Square", is a major public town square in Downtown Cairo
Cairo
, Egypt
Egypt
. The square has been the location and focus for political demonstrations in Cairo
Cairo
, most notably those that led to the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Features

* 3 Public use and demonstrations

* 3.1 2011 Egyptian Revolution

* 3.2 Post-revolution

* 3.2.1 June 2013 protests and coup d\'état

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

The square was originally called "Ismailia Square" (ميدان الأسماعيليّة Mīdān al-Ismā‘īliyyah), after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail , who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile
Nile
' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 , the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square, but the square was not officially renamed until the Egyptian Revolution
Revolution
of 1952 , which changed Egypt
Egypt
from a constitutional monarchy into an autocratic republic . The square was a focal point for the Egyptian Revolution of 2011
Egyptian Revolution of 2011
Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
at night with traffic circle , view northwest from Talaat Harb Street

FEATURES

View south towards the Mogamma building and Omar Makram statue

At the centre of Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
is a large and busy traffic circle . On the north-east side is a plaza with a statue of nationalist hero Omar Makram , celebrated for his resistance against Napoleon I's invasion of Egypt, and beyond is the Omar Makram Mosque.

The square is the northern terminus of the historic Qasr al-Ayni Street , the western terminus of Talaat Harb Street , and via Qasr al-Nil Street crossing its southern portion it has direct access to the Qasr al-Nil Bridge crossing the nearby Nile
Nile
River .

The area around Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
includes the Egyptian Museum , the Folklore Arts House, the Mogamma government building, the Headquarters of the Arab League building, the Nile
Nile
Hotel, Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church and the original downtown campus of the American University in Cairo
Cairo
. The National Democratic Party-NDP headquarters building stood here until it was set on fire during the revolution and demolished in 2015.

The Cairo
Cairo
Metro serves Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
with the Sadat Station, which is the downtown junction of the system's two lines, linking to Giza
Giza
, Maadi , Helwan , and other districts and suburbs of Greater Cairo
Cairo
. Its underground access viaducts provide the safest routes for pedestrians crossing the broad roads of the heavily trafficked square.

PUBLIC USE AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
has been the traditional site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots , and the March 2003 protest against the War in Iraq . Protesters on an army vehicle during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
Revolution
in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square

2011 EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION

Main article: 2011 Egyptian Revolution

Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
was the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak
. Over 50,000 protesters first occupied the square on 25 January, during which the area's wireless services were reported to be impaired. In the following days, Tahrir Square continued to be the primary destination for protests in Cairo. On 29 January, Egyptian fighter aircraft flew low over the people gathered in the square. On 30 January, the seventh day of the protests, PIK BBC
BBC
and other correspondents reported that the number of demonstrators had grown to at least 100,000, and on 31 January, Al Jazeera correspondents reported that the demonstrations had grown to at least 250,000 people. On 1 February, Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
reported that more than one million protesters peacefully gathered in the square and adjacent streets. However, such media reports that so many people congregated in Cairo’s largest public square are believed to be exaggerated for political purposes and, according to Stratfor 's analysis, the real number of gathered protesters never exceeded 300,000 people. People congregated in Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
on 9 February 2011

The square became established as a focal point and a symbol for the ongoing Egyptian democracy demonstrations. On 2 February, violence erupted between the pro-Mubarak and pro-democracy demonstrators there, followed by the 3 February 'Friday of Departure' demonstration, one of the named "day of" events centered in the square. Within a week, due to international media coverage, the image and name of Tahrir Square became known worldwide.

A Facebook
Facebook
page called "Tahrir Square" ميدان التحرير was maintained by a rotating staff of twenty during the uprising, particularly to offset the lack of and/or distorted coverage of events and responses in the state-run media outlets.

The 18-day revolt centered in the square provided the Egyptian Armed Forces an opportunity to remove Mubarak from power on Friday, 11 February 2011, when the president officially stepped down from office. The announcement that Mubarak had passed all authority to the Council of the Armed Forces was made by longtime intelligence chief and new vice president Omar Suleiman
Omar Suleiman
. Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
erupted in a night-long celebration after the twilight announcement, with shouts such as "Lift your head up high, you're Egyptian", "Everyone who loves Egypt, come and rebuild Egypt", and others. The next day, Egyptian Cairen women and men came to clean up the square, "they came and cleaned up after their revolution," relaying 'projectiles' in the cobblestone paving and removing eighteen days' worth of trash and graffiti .

POST-REVOLUTION

Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
in the early morning, November 2012

Tahrir Square, with 'democracy anniversary' celebrations and visits from foreign dignitaries, continued to be a symbol of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. British Prime Minister David Cameron
David Cameron
, Catherine Ashton
Catherine Ashton
, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union
European Union
, Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
, Secretary of State of the United States
United States
, John Kerry
John Kerry
, Chairman of the American Senate Committee on Foreign Relations , Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd
Foreign Minister of Australia, and American actor Sean Penn
Sean Penn
visited Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution .

One of the ships in the planned Freedom Flotilla II , intended to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, was named Tahrir after the square. Among its passengers was Haaretz
Haaretz
reporter Amira Hass. Ultimately, the sailing did not take place.

Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
has also been the site of numerous mass sexual assaults. These crimes have increased since Mubarak's removal in 2011.

June 2013 Protests And Coup D\'état

Main articles: June 2013 Egyptian protests
June 2013 Egyptian protests
and 2013 Egyptian coup d\'état

On 29 June 2013, millions of Egyptians converged on Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
to demonstrate against the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi
, demanding his resignation from office. The demonstrators used the slogan "the people want the ouster of the regime ," used in the protests that led to the 2011 revolution.

By the 30th, their number had increased and demonstrations were reported to be in progress in 18 locations across Cairo. The demonstration was noted as the largest revolution in modern-day history. Bring together more than 33 million people to the Egyptian streets. On 3 July 2013, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi
and suspended the Egyptian constitution after ongoing public protests in what is described as a coup d\'état by Morsi supporters and the international community, and by its supporters and the media as a revolution . .

SEE ALSO

* Egypt
Egypt
portal

* Downtown Cairo
Cairo
* The Square , a documentary film about the square and its role in Egyptian politics * Graffiti
Graffiti

REFERENCES

* ^ Vatikiotis, Panayiotis J. (1997). The Middle East: From the End of Empire to the End of the Cold War. Routledge. p. 194. * ^ "Midan Al-Tahrir, Liberation Square". Tour Egypt. * ^ Egypt
Egypt
demolishes Mubarak’s party headquarters * ^ Hiel, Betsy (19 June 2005). "Egyptian reformers taking it to streets". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. * ^ " Egypt
Egypt
protests: Anti-Mubarak demonstrators arrested". BBC News. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. * ^ "Egyptians report poor communication services on Day of Anger". Almasry Alyoum . 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. * ^ " Egypt
Egypt
protests: curfew defied in Cairo
Cairo
and other cities". BBC News. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011. * ^ " Egypt
Egypt
protesters step up pressure on Hosni Mubarak". BBC
BBC
News. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. * ^ "Live blog 31/1 — Egypt
Egypt
protests". Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
News. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. * ^ "Protesters flood Egypt
Egypt
streets". Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
News. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. * ^ "Gauging the Size of the Egyptian Protests". STRATFOR. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. * ^ "Update on the Size of Protests in Cairo". STRATFOR. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. * ^ "Battle of Tahrir Square". Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
News. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011. * ^ Fahim, Kareem; El-Naggar, Mana; Stack, Liam; Ou, Ed (8 February 2011). "Emotions of a Reluctant Hero Galvanize Protesters". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2011. * ^ "Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality". STRATFOR. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. * ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. and Anthony Shadid from Cairo. Other reporting was contributed by Kareem Fahim, Liam Stack, Mona El-Naggar and Thanassis Cambanis from Cairo, and Alan Cowell from Paris, "Mubarak Steps Down, Ceding Power to Military" ,The New York Times, 11 February 2011. * ^ " Egypt
Egypt
crisis: President Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak
resigns as leader". BBC News. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. * ^ A B "Ahdaf Soueif: Protesters reclaim the spirit of Egypt". BBC News. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. * ^ "Thousands attend political rally in central Cairo". BBC
BBC
News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. * ^ " David Cameron
David Cameron
meets locals around Cairo\'s Tahrir Square". BBC News. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. * ^ Hass, Amira (31 January 2011). "Fear and no clean clothing: Amira Hass preparing to sail for Gaza - Haaretz
Haaretz
Daily Newspaper Israel News". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 28 December 2011. * ^ Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press, Alastair Macdonald (30 July 2013). " Egypt
Egypt
protests: Thousands gather at Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
to demand Morsi\'s ouster". thestar.com. * ^ "Egypt: BBC
BBC
inside Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square
amid demonstration". BBC
BBC
News. 30 June 2013. * ^ " Tahrir Square