Reporter's Notebook: Egypt's Turning Point

Martha Raddatz on Tahrir Square's legacy and the future of the Arab Spring.
3:22 | 08/25/13

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And we're back here in egypt. A country steeped in history and tradition. But where this morning still so much is uncertain. How long will the military hold on to power, will democracy, return, and will crowds of egyptians come back to the spot where they sparked all of this change two years ago? Tahrir square. The name means liberation. Tahrir square, where egyptians flocked to make their voices heard. Two years ago, hundreds of thousands gathered here with a call to action. And after 18 days, the arab spring, the yearning for democracy, swept president hosni mubarak out of power. And the amazing thing, he's just gone. It was a new beginning, but one that wouldn't last. Just a year after the democratically elected president mohamed morsi took office, the protesters were back in the square demanding his ouster and asking for the military to move in once again. When I came here just last month, it was a nation divided. In tahrir, supporters of the military were still cheering the removal of morsi -- we give him our vote, and we take our vote from him again. But nearby, voices of anger. Muslim brotherhood members outaged at the end to democracy. The problem with the government and the military is these pro-morsi rallies are not stopping. But egyptian security wanted no dissent. One month later, a bloody military crackdown on the muslim brotherhood, as many as a thousand killed, the same protesters I spoke to in this encampment near tahrir square, silenced. But the debate goes on. This weekend we met a group of college students at a cairo coffee shop. Do you think that real democracy is possible here? I believe that there are people in this country that are willing to give it all they have to make it happen. But is it going to happen now? I have doubts. What is tahrir square symbolize for you today? It symbolizes the dream that almost became a nightmare. It symbolized the dream to come back. And the square itself, nearly deserted. No outrage over the release of mubarak, no riots over the deadly crackdown on fellow egyptians. The military is in charge and hopes for real democracy seem a distant dream. And now we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the pentagon released the name of one soldier killed in afghanistan. That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. Join world news with david muir tonight. George is back next week. So long from cairo, have a great day.

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