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Photo Blog: Targeted destruction around Tahrir Square
During the last thirteen days rioting has erupted through downtown Cairo. The property damage caused in the rioting has been well targeted with branches of multinational corporations, government cars and buildings, police and army property and banks destroyed while local cafes, apartments and shops have been left untouched.
Scores have also been settled with the owner of the Spanish/Egyptian Asbestos Company, who had sentenced local workers to death by not providing proper safety equipment (http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/12/302626.html?c=on#c107076): his cafe in Talaat Al Harb square was burnt to the ground.
The scope of the damage clearly shows that the anger of the uprising has been pointed squarely at capitalism, imperialism and the state. Downtown Cairo has effectively been brought to a standstill with the stock exchange remaining closed. The ongoing occupation of Tahrir Square is a constant reminder that, despite the batallions of tanks occupying central Cairo, the heart of the city has been transformed into an autonomous space.