Protesters Are Awesome: Egyptian Students Are Now Protecting the Libraries

Egypt's protesting millennials are multitasking: Saving the nation's precious cultural icons while simultaneously calling for a new government.

On Friday we told you about about the Egyptian protesters who valiantly banded together to protect the Egyptian Museum's priceless antiquities collection from destruction (unfortunately, they were unable to protect them all).

Today comes word that the African nation's young people, who are still in the throes of revolt, have also been trying to protect libraries from their demonstrating countrymen.

In an open letter to the public, Bibliotheca Alexandrina director Ismail Serageldin assured readers that his library, one of the largest in Egypt, was being safeguarded by a well-organized team of students and young people, some of whom are even coordinating with the military to ensure that their protests for freedom don't also decimate the nation's valuable cultural icons:

The young people organized themselves into groups that directed traffic, protected neighborhoods and guarded public buildings of value such as the Egyptian Museum and the Library of Alexandria. They are collaborating with the army. This makeshift arrangement is in place until full public order returns. The library is safe thanks to Egypt’s youth, whether they be the staff of the Library or the representatives of the demonstrators, who are joining us in guarding the building from potential vandals and looters.


This is how you protest.

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