Was this a defining moment? I think so. If more people turn out next time, it definitely was. Not because demonstrations haven’t been held before, but because the opposition is gaining supporters who dare take to the streets after the elections; because the government has twice in three days kept security forces/riot police away; because at least for now it appears safe to shout out opinions in a public street. Some months ago, I blogged about large demonstrations taking place throughout the country; thousands of people asking for change in the same days in different cities. If they come back and if they one day decide to join their co-campaigners in Cairo, we will see a protest of a scale we did not believe was possible six months ago.