In Cairo, Revolutionary Zeal Turns Into Revolutionary Tchotchkes

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The following post is by reporter and videojournalist Jesse Hardman

Egypt’s Jan. 25 uprising might have freed the country politically, but it also significantly disrupted the local economy. Around Cairo, with tourism dead and business in general down, people are looking for ways to stay afloat financially. Many have turned to the symbols of the revolution to help. Local vendors hawk hundreds of different items with the red, black and white colors of the Egyptian flag. Corporations are also looking to capitalize on the popularity of the revolution, outfitting products and billboards with flags and iconic images of Tahrir Square.


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