Egypt Erases History: 5 Places Where the Mubarak Name Will Be Removed

By Zirulnick, Ariel | The Christian Science Monitor, April 21, 2011 | Go to article overview

Egypt Erases History: 5 Places Where the Mubarak Name Will Be Removed


Zirulnick, Ariel, The Christian Science Monitor


An Egyptian court on April 21 ordered the physical removal of the Mubarak family name from all public places, formalizing a process that protesters began months ago. With Hosni Mubarak's name and face plastered on everything from street signs to stadiums to train stations, it will take a long time for the state to fully remove his mark. Here are a few of places to be scrubbed of the Mubarak moniker:

An Egyptian court on April 21 ordered the physical removal of the Mubarak family name from all public places, formalizing a process that protesters began months ago. With Hosni Mubarak's name and face plastered on everything from street signs to stadiums to train stations, it will take a long time for the state to fully remove his mark. Here are a few of places to be scrubbed of the Mubarak moniker:

#5 The Mubarak subway, and highway, and bridge, and...

"Mubarak" is all over the country's transportation systems. The subway station beneath Cairo's Ramses Square is named after Hosni, as is a highway in the capital city. An Egyptian told The New York Times that protesters took it upon themselves to change the station name long before the court order by making signs of their own renaming the station "Martyrs of the January 25th revolution" and covering up the old Mubarak signs.

There's also the "Mubarak Peace Bridge," alternately known as the Suez Canal Bridge, connecting the Sinai Desert and the Egyptian mainland. On top of all that, almost every city in Egypt also has a "Mubarak Street."

#4 549 public schools

According to The New York Times, 388 public schools are named after Hosni Mubarak and 160 are named after his wife Suzanne. The governor of Assiut last month ordered "The Suzanne Mubarak School for Girls" renamed to "The January 25th School for Girls." Mubarak's son Gamal has had at least one school built in his name.

In one city (actually named "6th of October CIty" after the 1973 war with Israel that Egypt actually lost), an entire educational complex is named after the former president: the Mubarak Education City. …

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