Egyptian anti-government demonstrators held a huge national flag as they gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2011). (AFP/Getty Images)
Feb 9, 2011 — "There are people who are listening to music, there are people who are chanting, there are people who are selling popcorn," says NPR's JJ Sutherland in an audio report from the scene.
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There's "an almost carnival-like atmosphere" in Cairo's Tahrir Square today, our colleague JJ Sutherland says in an audio report he filed for NPR's newscast.
It's Day 16 of the anti-government protests, and just one week since deadly clashes broke out in the square when "pro-Mubarak" Egyptians attacked the "anti-Mubarak" protesters.
But today, JJ says, "there are people who are listening to music, there are people who are chanting, there are people who are selling popcorn, toys ... the atmosphere is jubilant."
Here is JJ's audio. You can hear some of the crowd in the background:
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