When he scaled the diminutive building adjacent to the one hosting the Israeli Embassy, Mostafa al-Sayed did not think that his actions - along with around 25 others - would have as wide-ranging implications as they did.
“We were just trying to go up and take down the flag. We thought the media would treat us like heroes, like they did with Ahmed al-Shahat,” said Sayed, a 28-year-old factory worker.
Local media dubbed Shahat "Flagman" for scaling the Israeli Embassy building and taking down the flag on 21 August during demonstrations following a border incident in which Israeli soldiers killed five Egyptian officers. He was also awarded an apartment and audience with Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.