Reporter overlooking Cairo melee: Sounds 'like a castle siege'
February 2nd, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Reporter overlooking Cairo melee: Sounds 'like a castle siege'

Editor's note: CNN reporter Ivan Watson filed the following observations Wednesday evening from a balcony overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square, where people protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clashed with his supporters.

Outside our window, it sounds like a castle siege during medieval times: thousands of voices and the repetitive clank of militants digging up stones and pillaging construction material for protective barricades.

This afternoon, a man in a gray shirt stood in the middle of the street in Tahrir, speaking aloud and holding his hand over his heart - apparently overwhelmed by the violence.

Some of the many bleeding men we've seen carried back from the front lines are placed on the pavement around what was a traffic cop's station under our window. Women give them water and use cotton to swab the blood.

At one point, about 10 soldiers sprinted out of the gates of the Egyptian Museum into the melee. They returned soon after, one of them carrying a box of supplies on his head. They were sitting out the vicious battle that was raging just a few yards from their position.

We see periodic terrifying scenes of brutality, such as when bloodied prisoners from the pro-regime side are dragged toward the center of the square by agitated men who beat and kick them along the way. I saw a man rip the hair off one of these captives.

We arrived just as the battle erupted. People started panicking, and hundreds sprinted in our direction. Then the hail of stones began flying both directions. Cameraman Joe Duran and I took shelter behind a blue police transport truck that was torched and abandoned days ago. A crying middle-aged Egyptian woman stood with us. We then ran, ducking, towards the entrance of our little Tahrir Square hotel, screaming as the doorman fumbled with the lock on the chain that has kept the door closed.

We squeezed in, barely, but are now trapped along with the thousands of opposition demonstrators who are battling now for their lives. They are armed with sticks and stones. The pro-regime faction, some of whom chased us down a street moments before the battle erupted, began hurling petrol bombs at the opposition as the sun set over the Egyptian capital.

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  1. Black knight

    Wheres the moat?

    February 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Wait, after how Bush left this country, we will doing the same acts. Our economy? our jobless prcentage? a revolt is right around the corner. The US first of all needs to close shop in China and bring jobs here!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |

    tis but a scratch.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    Egypt is a wonderful country which I have often visited and have learned to love. My sincere hope is that the UN will go to Egypt and assist this country during this crisis and support a trued democratic transition.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ernie

    My prayer is that no such desperate acts ever come to "our country". Just do a little reading on the civil war & it is easy to see that violence is a poor solution. Besides we don't have a 30 year dictator. Mr. Bush served 8 years, the current president will only serve 4 years unless our economy has a miracle & with the debt he has strapped us with in the last 2 years; that is not likely to happen. No need for violence while we can still vote & believe it is honestly counted, within reason.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Corrupt Church


    *Roman Pagan Sun Priest ‘Constantine’ took over the Catholic Vatican to empower Rome ‘Politically’ 300 AD.
    *Both Roman ‘Constantine’ & Egypt’s King Herod used Christian & Jewish slaves to build their Coliseums and Pyramids350 AD
    *Constantine’s Roman Catholics tortured and murdered millions who refused paying Catholic Church Taxes between 367-700 AD
    *Roman Catholic corruption forced 500 million Christians to leave the Vatican (Called the ‘Protestant Reformation’) in 800 AD.
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics began murdering millions who refused to obey their corrupt Vatican Cannon Law (Crusades) 1200 AD
    *‘Ignatius Loyola’ created the Jesuit Society (Using Pagan Sun Symbols, Roman Obelisks & Distorted ‘Iron’ Crosses) in 1534 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholic Pledge…‘Pretend to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to regain Global1535 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics began burning ALL Non Catholics as ‘Witches’ during their inquisition period’s 1584-1821AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics STARTED the American Revolution, to land Catholics across America (Boston) 1812 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics had a model of the American ‘White House’ in Rome, 20 years before it were actually built 1824 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics had Protestant Abraham Lincoln assassinated for freeing their much needed African slaves.1865AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics established the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) in retaliation against their freed African slaves.1865 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics created the ‘Communism System’ hoping to destroy North American Protestants ‘Economically.’1894AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics funded the Nazis in both WWI & II, hoping to destroy the Protestant/Judeo Alliance.1914 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholic Father Staempfle wrote ‘Mein Kempt’….NOT Adolph Hitler. 1939 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics built the UN, IMF and World Bank to control the Global Agenda 1945 AD
    *Jesuit had JFK assassinated for trying to dismantle their corrupt ‘Federal Reserve Bank’ 1963 AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics Martin Luther King assassinated for empowering rights to their previous African slaves 1968 AD
    *Jesuits now dominate both American & Canadian Supreme Courts of Justice.2009AD
    *Jesuit Roman Catholics in 2010 continue their pledge of ‘Pretending to be Protestants amongst Protestants & Jews amongst Jews’ to profit from ‘Corporate Corruption’ while being able to blame other religions for the crime. 2010 AD
    *Jesuit Catholics use their ‘Freemason Pyramid’ and ‘Nouvus Ordo Seclorum’ (New World Order) on every American dollar bill.
    *Its No Coincidence that the Chicago, New York and Montreal Italian Mafia families all come from Rome. 2011 AD
    *It’s also by NO COINCIDECE that almost all so-called democratic countries globally will soon be using either the ‘Roman Catholic Eagle or Roman Catholic Wreath’ or ‘Pyramid’ symbols in their Military Badges, Medals and Flags including Canada and the USA! 2012 AD

    February 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    i stubbed my toe this morning , i wonder if the Jesuits conspired THAT up...

    February 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    I made light but i have no respect for an organisation be it religous or secular that has no regard for the laws of man or law of God. I still have a hard time wrappin my mind around the countless priests violating kids and the massive cover-up to conceal said violations .

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    And has there been any kinda inventory taken since the looting of the museum yet ? I imagine not but just wondering .

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James R.

    Corrupt Church, I stopped reading at this:

    "*Both Roman ‘Constantine’ & Egypt’s King Herod used Christian & Jewish slaves to build their Coliseums and Pyramids350 AD"

    Lol wut?

    February 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert H.

    This is all correct except who really built the Pyramids.Even modern man can't acheve this. These demons who still seek to insleve humanity this time will fail

    February 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |