Kris'  London Online Journal

Fourth Week of January (Jan 24th - 30th) 2011

 

Sunday, January 30th

By now, I'm sure you've heard about the recent protests in Egypt calling for President Mubarak's resignation. For the past few days, there have  been small demonstrations here in London in front of the Egyptian embassy. Today's demonstration (see the photo on the right) was much bigger, which started to worry me a little because we live just two blocks from the embassy. In fact, I took this photo from the balcony of our apartment. I turned on the BBC news and saw they were broadcasting from just outside our apartment!

By the time the sun set  around 5:00 pm, most of the demonstrators had left the area. Things are quiet now. I have to give the London police credit. They did an excellent job of managing the situation. I don't believe there was any violence and I don't think anyone got hurt. They brought in several small buses filled with police in uniform. In addition, police helicopters hovered over head to keep an eye on things.

This evening we learned a British Midland International flight to Cairo was turned around while in route and sent back to London's Heathrow airport. And, British Airways is chartering planes in an effort to bring back some British citizens now in Egypt. The UK government estimates that more than 30,000 Britons are currently in Egypt. Fortunately, most of these tourists are in the Sharm El Sheikh area, which is approximately an 8-hour drive from Cairo. I sure am glad we went to Egypt last year!