Jan. 25th Egyptian Revolution
just wanted to share a big thing that's happening in Egypt right now - a revolution, as much one as one can get. Basically, people are sick of President Mubarak's rule - he rules like a dictator (secret police, oppression, etc), and the country has been under martial law for 29 years and all the rage that built up over the years has finally spilled out.
There's a live stream on this here: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/
Great thread on Facepunch started by a rebel (who later disappeared due to rioting and internet blackout) http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1053531-I-love-baton/
A very inspiring video of the revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo5Fn1-2E8o
Now, long post for those who are interested.
I've been following it very closely for the last day (literally monitoring everything that happens live). Earlier today their internet was completely shut down (following the already blocked Twitter, Facebook and Youtube), and a few hours later mobile communications were shut down as well. The government didn't want people to communicate, being a 21st century revolution and with the rise of social networking that is where the revolt was majorly organized.
But today was Friday, which is the Friday prayer (during which Christians were protecting the Muslims), and after this prayer the people really raged out on the streets. The police also fired tear gas during the prayer upon them and afterwards.
Plenty more things happened all leading up to the president finally showing up and promising a new government as of tomorrow, dissolving the current one completely. Yet he failed to impress as the people called for his leave directly, and in this case he will still be in power - so it's far from over. Things have calmed down for now - people need to sleep - but they'll sure resume tomorrow. I'll be updating this thread with info whenever it comes.
Barrack Obama also addressed the issue (pretty late though), claiming he has spoken with the Egyptian president and told him that he has a big responsibility on his hands and that he has to deliver (personal note - everyone including myself, other people, and experts who voiced their opinions doubt he will have much responsibilities soon as people simply don't want him in power). He also called for restoration of the internet, and that the government needs to listen to their people and that the people have rights for freedom and other basic human rights, etc.
Tanks have rolled in after police stations and government buildings were burned down by angry rebels. The national museum was damaged as well and partially looted by some opportunists. The army is protecting landmarks and not acting against the people, but at the same time not really joining them either.
At this point there are at least 24 people dead, hundreds imprisoned and over a thousand wounded. Thankfully it isn't as aggressive (in terms of casualties) than most other revolts, but deaths are deaths, and one was caught on tape and posted on Youtube here (caution - the guy gets shot dead, so if you have a bad stomach you shouldn't watch probably).
More and more things are unraveling and hopefully tomorrow they will escalate again - personally I am in deep support of the Egyptian people and feel great pride in them right now despite not being related to Egypt in terms of heritage at all. I support revolutions such as these, and I believe they did the right thing of turning violent when a peaceful sit in didn't work. I personally hope that the president is taken down - and I also doubt he will stay up, as the president has "lost credibility" over the years and especially now with the shut down of the internet and mobile phones when people demand their rights (the reason I quoted that as that is what was stated by an expert on Al Jazeera news, I couldn't really have put it better).
Anyway that's it for now, long post but it's been quite a day of watching this closely and supporting the folks over at Egypt. Simply hoping to spread the word as most news networks here in the US and even in Europe aren't reporting much, very late also, and sometimes inaccurate information.
Cheers, and if you can, spread this around (facebook, twitter, anything). People should be more aware of things like these.
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