This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.
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The anti-Mubarak protesters in Thrir Square have resorted to a variety of headgear – at times comical – to protect themselves in the pitched battle against President Mubarak’s thugs.
Stones are the preferred weapon in this Old Testament – style fight within the Egyptian capital and the protesters have made use of whatever lies closest to hand.
There’s the man with a saucepan on his head, and another with what looks like a latticed litter basket- so he can still see where the rockets are coming from – and another with a piece of styrofoam tied with a scarf to the top of his head.
In Yemen, one protester was even more creative – he created a makeshift helmet with two baguettes, a chapatti and a clingfilm.
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