A Night of Anarchy: Black Friday and the 1952 Cairo FireCurrents of smoke rise into Cairo, and a fire that begins in the heart expands into the streets: riots smother the capital and arson overtakes the small, cobblestone streets of Wust el-Balad. It has been years of silence and servile dispositions; it is 1952 and the Cairo Fire is lit. Described as “one of the worst acts of arson ever to hit the capital,” the Cairo Fire is shrouded in enigmatic narratives. On what is known as Black Friday, 25 January 1952, the British occupation executed 50 Egyptian auxiliary policemen in Ismaliya, rousing an electric wave of fury. The day of Black Friday, and the subsequent Cairo Fire, are incomplete in the public mind and prone to romanticization.
Source: Egypt Today June 01, 2022 20:35 UTC