by Paul Kohlbry

Frederick Deknatel

 Frederick Deknatel is a freelance journalist who writes about the Middle East. He contributes to The Nation, Abu Dhabi's The National  and other publications.


"In the battle of Qasr al-Ainy Street, the fight was directed against specific buildings, most of all the cabinet building from which uniformed soldiers and military police attacked protesters (one, caught on camera, even urinated on them). The buildings became symbols as well as tools of oppression, with the military attacking civilians from the rooftops. Detained protesters were dragged into the parliament, known as the People’s Assembly, where they were beaten. Rocks and Molotov cocktails were thrown both at and from the cabinet building, an adjacent government office, and the Ministry of Transportation, just up the street. Regime toughs and military police attacked from the roof of the Institut d’Égypte, a valuable national archive built after Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798."

— Frederick Deknatel, "Letter From Cairo", The Los Angeles Review of Books