The Revolution in Alexandria (visual timeline)

9 July 2010

These photos were taken on 9 July, a little over a month after the death of Khalid Saeed. My article on the aftermath was published the same day.

21 September 2010

In Alexandria\'s humid climate, protesters battle it out with Mubarak\'s security forces. Plain clothes police men are quite easy to identify.

10 October 2010

With time, Alexandria\'s youth became experienced in the art of flash protests, all coordinated via social media and mobile phones.

25 January 2011 (The Revolution)

Police Day was chosen for the day of the revolution. The protesters were given a much needed lease of life thanks to the deposing of the Tunisia\'s Ben-Ali ten days earlier.

28 January 2011

By this stage, Egypt\'s internet and cellular networks were cut off by the regime. But the momentum was already in full swing. The army is ordered onto the streets.

29 January 2011

Despite Mubarak sacking his cabinet, his refusal to step down incensed the people. For the first time in 30 years, the dictator appointed former spy chief Omar Sulleiman as vice-president. Alexandria\'s youth formed citizens committees to protect their neighborhoods following the withdrawal of the police force and the mass release of hardened prisoners

31 January 2011

With rapid dwindling internet access and non-existent cellular networks, Alexandrians are in effect cut off from their counterparts in Cairo. Fortunately, satellite TV was more or less still working.

1 February 2011

Following Mubarak\'s televised speech that he will not resign, clashes broke out in Alexandria between pro and anti-Mubarak demonstrators. This was an omen of what was to take place the next day in Tahrir Square on a dramatic scale in the \'Battle of the Camel\'.

4 February 2011

The eleventh day of unrest, and two days following the camel and horse charges in Tahrir Square which sealed the fate of Mubarak. Alexandrians come out in mass protests in the \"Day of Departure\"

6 February 2011

Communications is gradually restored, some banks are opening for a few hours. The regime entered talks with the opposition, but this reprieve was not to last long. Activist Wael Ghonim is released the next day, and his emotional display on TV gave a new lease of life to the protest movement.

11 February 2011

Spurned on by mass industrial strikes, and Mubarak\'s speech in which he refused to resign. Alexandrians took to the streets in the hundreds of thousands marching on the Summer palace of Mubarak. Just before evening, the vice-president announced the resignation of Mubarak.