Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Live from London

Yesterday there was a big celebration for the Olympic Games. Today there is only silence and sadness. We have been told to stay in the office and not to go out. This is an official police order. We have no idea how we will get home tonight. We think

I work close to Aldgate Station and I usually take the Underground but today I went a different way. It's 3 in the afternoon and we are blocked in the office.

I work near Liverpool Street Station. I walked for 2 hours to get to the office. Although we had been expecting an attack here in London sooner or later, the state of shock is hard to describe.

The tourists are the most frightened people of all. I live in London. We haven't been barricaded inside but we have been asked to stay put and to avoid central London. The streets need to be cleared to evacuate the wounded. Everyone is following the instructions broadcast by the BBC. Everyone seems responsible and calm. But there are hundreds of disoriented tourists and plenty of people who don't speak English who are spreading panic.

The situation is grave and sad, but this sensationalistic journalism is spreading panic.

Rivers of people in the streets. I am in the office and thinking about starting home. London is completely blocked. My office is in Wembley, quite distant from the city, but believe me there is panic everywhere. Our cellphones don't work but you can send and receive SMS messages. The situation won't be back to normal anytime soon.


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