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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 103
Professor
Rahul Sirohi
Semester
Spring

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Lecture: Creativity and Revolution: Egypt at a Crossroads • January 25­2011, “Dignity, Freedom, Social Justice” was slogan of revolution • Tomato prices skyrocketed $14 per lb. Woman who did most of cooking very upset • Bread lines: State decided to dramatically reduce subsidies, price rocketed • Fights and long lines to get bread. Some people died just trying to get bread • 50% of people live on less than $2 a day • Labor Strikes: Wages haven’t increased in 15 years, even though housing and other goods  have increased dramatically • Lack of democracy, social justice. Too much corruption. • Arts became a way to motivate people toward action. Showed they were a collective • People were being randomly detained by police, government selling away resources • Poetry and graffiti big art forms of revolution • Wrote graffiti in English because they knew Westerners were there watching their  struggle • Egyptians very welcoming of Americans, wanted to tell their story • Many Egyptian citizens made comments about Obama not supporting the revolution • February 2 ­ Government decided to disperse protestors by sending in men on camels  using swords. Ending up using ammunition too.  • Met a man and his young boy on the 2 , they tried protecting the Tahir square • Tear gas was a favorite weap
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