Friday, February 25, 2011

Egypt's Jewel of A Library Reopens, Thanks to Demonstrators

"Egypt's Jewel of A Library Reopens, Thanks to Demonstrators." National Public Radio / Selena Simmons-Duffin.
America: NPR Online, February 24th 2011.

"And the library's director, Ismail Serageldin says that in all the protests, not a stone was thrown at the library, and not a pane of glass was broken.
"What happened was pure magic," he says. "People from within the demonstrations broke out of the demonstrations and simply linked hands, and they said 'This is our library. Don't touch it.' ...
In fact, Serageldin says he believes that the library, by promoting tolerance and freedom of expression, also contributed to the intellectual climate that led to Mubarak's eventual overthrow."