Story of an On The Run
I do not personally wish to delve into rhetoric about the recent looting and riots in London, because as it stands, I’m an outsider looking in as I have not lived in London for a year, and don’t feel best placed to pass opinion.
However, I witnessed part of the Egyptian revolution and could not have been more proud to have seen a country that had been silenced for 30 years, awake from slumber, and I only hope that the politicians in the UK do so before the country spirals into more destruction. And speaking of destruction, I witnessed just that outside my window during the Egyptian revolution at a Mobil/ On the Run petrol station.
From the time I moved into my flat last year, this petrol station had always been buzzing with vehicles passing for either a refuel of petrol or people stocking up on food and drinks (and in a lot of cases, cigarettes as well!).
They decided to close shop on the morning of Friday 28th January 2011 – they could sense the dangers of the protests were bigger than most people thought…
… and by the evening, their fears were proven right. Looted. The petrol station was looted over 10 times that night, and I saw a pick-up truck pull up to take all the tables and chairs away. I’d say that they robbed it clean, but the mess was astounding.
I wondered whether they’d open again, and within 2 months, petrol was being pumped, but the shop area was still off limits. And within 6 months, it was back on its feet.
Tonight? A moment of peace as most people engaged in the eat what we can activity as the sun set…
… and the staff were able to break their fast tonight, in safety and peace.
The story of the On the Run? Things can get better after they are at their worst.
– The Londoner
Posted on August 12, 2011, in Power to the People, Ruminations about Cairo, Thru The Londoner's eyes and tagged Egyptians, freedom, Jan 25, looters, observations, photos, post-revolution, protests. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.