This is what solidarity looks like:
That's Ahmed Maher. He's the co-founder of the April 6 Youth, one of the driving forces behind the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. I had lunch with him this afternoon, and he told me something I didn't expect to hear: he's been communicating with Occupy Wall Street over Facebook, supports them 100 percent, and offers them advice based on the Egyptian experience.
Then I followed him to McPherson Square, one of the two sites of the local Occupy movement.
It was surreal. #OWS often cites Tahrir Square as its inspiration. For Maher -- in town on a quick jaunt through the U.S. sponsored by American University -- to back #OWS is a testament to how powerful #OWS's message is becoming. The surreality was summed up by how many times he pulled out his phone to snap pictures of Occupy DC, and how many times Occupy DCers got snaps of Maher.
So, conservative critics of #OWS: You backed Tahrir Square to the hilt. Now one of Tahrir's key leaders is backing #OWS. Might this change your perspective on what is increasingly a global movement against economic marginalization?
Photo by me. Anyone can use it.