A University of Minnesota Student gets 15 minutes of un-welcomed fame

By Kaitlyn Walsh.

Gunnar Dancer, photo via Picasa.

Thousands of Egyptians took over Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011 in hopes of striking down President Hosni Mubarak and his repressive regime. Demonstrators tweeted and posted pictures from the front lines, feeding the world live updates as the conflict raged on the ground.

But there’s nothing like watching the turmoil firsthand.

Gunnar Dancer, a University of Minnesota senior with blonde hair and blue eyes, had an internship in Egypt when the violent demonstrations broke out. His apartment in downtown Cairo was just two blocks from the conflict. After several days of avoiding tear gas, rubber bullets, and clashing crowds of revolutionaries and police, Dancer evacuated to Turkey. Moments after he landed, a reporter who was stationed in Istanbul interviewed him. Dancer reluctantly reflected on his experience for the New York Times, the BBC, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, before he was able to process it himself. A year later, Pause Magazine asked him to tell his story. Check out his first 15 minutes of fame, as shown in the words and images linked above.

Read Kaitlyn’s full story, #revolution.