We know these kinds of fights will not bring down the regime," said Ali, a 27-year-old construction worker who only gave his first name for fear of later reprisals. "But it sends a message that we are here and we will not rest. We feel we are under occupation by a system we no longer respect."
Ali made his way to Sanabis from an area about 10 miles (six kilometers) away, using an underground system of houses that provide shelter and food for protesters. Sanabis is less than a half-mile (one kilometer) from Pearl Square, but they know that it would take a protest army of thousands to break through the cordon of armored vehicles and razor wire.
"Ok, maybe not today. Maybe not next week. Maybe not even next year," he said. "But how long can they protect it? Forever? We will be back in the center of the capital someday."