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Violent Infrastructures, Places of Conflict: Urban Order in Divided Cities1
Violent Infrastructures, Places of Conflict: Urban Order in Divided Cities
Wendy Pullan

Despite the optimism of early 2011, by autumn the Egyptian Arab Spring had turned darker. For the revolutionaries based in Cairo's Tahrir Square (Figure 20.1), the reverie of the early months had given way to frequent violence and the realisation that this was to be a protracted struggle not easily won.

Figure 20.1 Cairo, Tahrir Square, 8 February 2011 (Wikicommons, Ramy Raoof http://www.flickr.com/photos/38290178@N06)

In the acclaimed film ‘The Square’ (Al-Maidan 2013), which documents the events of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of activists from 2011 to 2013, one of the key figures states there is now ‘war in the ...

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