Valentine’s Day In Tahrir

TAHRIR SQUARE WEDDING

Jenna Krajeski connects the Egyptian uprising to love:

There is much talk about a “marriage crisis” in Egypt—low employment rates lead to low matrimonial rates—and the protesters in Tahrir Square were, indirectly at least, marching against it. Lack of jobs was high on their list of grievances. Many of those I interviewed said that getting married and having a family were things they dreamed of most in a post-Mubarak Egypt. One twenty-eight-year-old man I spoke to, on a relatively quiet day in Tahrir last week, illustrated his frustration by thrusting his hips back and forth, explaining, “No money, no sex.”

Al-Masr Al-Youm has a report on the recent spate of weddings in Tahrir.