The government has removed police and all security from the streets and neighbourhoods are policing themselves. Young people have formed neighbourhood watches and are guarding their areas. They're having fun, inventing barricades and passwords, checking IDs and ushering you through with a theatrical flourish.
Everyone – particularly women – are talking about how much safer they feel with the police off the streets. ---Ahdaf Soueif. Diary of an Egyptian rebel: we will not turn back