Parvez Sharma: #GayinEgypt

BY Parvez Sharma

February 09 2011 6:30 PM ET

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I continue to report my conversations and chats with my wide network of contacts in the “raw” — unedited, without spell checks, and trying as much as possible to keep the nuance of language as it is spoken on phones or online chat rooms. This is what might happen if I was a journalist with a camera hunting for vox populi in Tahrir Square. The immediacy of these and my previous conversations is what makes them important.

I spoke to many friends. Here is one who was not protesting at Tahrir Square. The most chilling thing he and others reported to me was that Hosni Mubarak (and the violence he unleashed in the past 24 hours) had succeeded in creating divisions among the protesters. Even family members are now arguing at their dinner tables about the feasibility of continuing the protests.

“MMQahira” is a 27-year-old gay man who lives in the relatively affluent Mohandessin area. I had not been able to reach him since the first day of the revolution (represented by that now famous #Jan25 hash-tag), but we found each other again on a restored Internet. Here is our entire conversation, raw, no spell checks.

Sharma:
hi
MMQahira:
hey
Sharma:
u there?
MMQahira:
yes i'm here
Sharma:
did u go out today?
MMQahira:
well.. i go out every day
only within our street limits
Sharma:
which area? not to tahrir?how r u getting info? al jazeera?
MMQahira:
for a week i've been stuck between our living room & patrolling the street with the rest of the guys downstairs…im in mohandeseen
Sharma:
have not been to tahrir?
MMQahira:
we watch a combo of cnn/bbc/jazeera/arabiyya
have not been to tahrir
have friends there



























Sharma:
do u think cnn is doing a good job?
MMQahira:
uhmm
tough question
i think they are doing the best they can
each channel tends to be operating within its own limits
Sharma:
what news frm frnds in tahrir?
how many frnds there?
anyone hurt?
MMQahira:
5 that i know of
Sharma:
able to talk on cell?
MMQahira:
they go in the morning when things are OK
yes we talk on the cell
Sharma:
while they are there?
MMQahira:
they were delivering medical supplies and food
Sharma:
and they leave before nightfall?
is it true that 6 people were killed yesterday?
MMQahira:
my
friends' mom went in the afternoon and was not allowed to go into
tahrir and was shoved out of her car and all supplies thrown on the
ground…it seems true of course
Sharma:
how old is she?
MMQahira:
have u not seen the images from tahrir at 4am?
i'd say mid fifties
Sharma:
yes I have
non stop
all night
I have not slept much for a week
watching al Jazeera and on phone to Cairo all the time…
and writing updates on twitter
MMQahira:
the thing is... no one is able to objectively say WHO was responsible for last night's massacre







































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