Last night, on January 29th 2011, Egyptians set up neighborhood watches and road blocks to protect their family and homes, as the police are no where to be seen. Where I live, the neighborhood watch have worked together to ensure the safety of their families, where they all spent the night keeping a look out for looters and the like. The atmosphere was almost tangible as the people united to protect one another. A sense of community and ownership was born. People realized that they share one purpose: to ensure the safety of our beloved country. It was, however, not an uneventful evening, as the neighborhood watch effectively stopped and captured three looters who attempted to enter the neighborhood and wreak havoc. As a single unit, the neighbors prevented any harm from reaching their homes, and kept the looters until they were handed over to the armed forces. It was revealed that these thugs had Police IDs. They were a part of the Secret Police.
The armed forces have played their part effectively, as they later arrived in two tanks saying they heard gunfire and wanted to ensure that the people were safe and well. This very scene is happening all across the nation, and it is clear that Egyptians have unified, be they military personnel or civilians, as they finally have their voices heard