Friday, January 28, 2011

People's Power in Egypt

Some said it is the domino effect from Tunisia; the time bomb is exploding. The people finally stand up for their right and future. Some was worry it is going to Yemen, will it spread to other Arab world?....or just contain within the poorer countries?

It is the desire for democracy? or the fight for freedom, or......other reasons...

The threshold point is finally reached, and no longer sustain the constraints and pressure...

It is breaking point, it boils.....

It is the Internet Revolution, it is Youth Revolution; the voices from the young people...the Egyptian Uprising.

The wikipedia reported the following:

The 2011 Egyptian protests are a series of street demonstrations, protests, and acts of civil disobedience that began in Egypt on 25 January 2011, a day selected by April 6 Youth Movement organizers to coincide with the National Police Day holiday. While localised protests had been common in previous years, the 2011 protests have been the largest demonstrations seen in Egypt since the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots and "unprecedented" in scope,drawing participants from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and faiths.

The demonstrations and riots occurred in the weeks after the Tunisian uprising, with many protesters carrying Tunisian flags as a symbol of their influence. Grievances for Egyptian protesters have focused on legal and political issues including police brutality, state of emergency laws, lack of free elections and free speech, and corruption, as well as economic issues including high unemployment,food price inflation, and low minimum wages. Demands from protest organizers included rights of freedom and justice, the end of the Hosni Mubarak regime, and a new government that represents the interests of the Egyptian people.

The Egyptian government has attempted to break up and contain protests using a variety of methods, mostly non-lethal including rubber bullets, batons, water cannons, and tear gas, and in some cases, live ammunition with fatalities resulting. As of 29 January, at least 105 protester deaths had been reported, and those injured number 750 policemen and 1,500 protesters. The capital city of Cairo has been described as "a war zone", and the port city of Suez has been the scene of frequent violent clashes. The government turned off almost all Internet access and imposed a curfew,claiming that minimizing disruption from the protests is necessary to maintain order and to prevent an uprising of fundamentalist Islamic groups.

International response to the protests has generally been supportive with most governments and organizations calling for non-violent responses on both sides and peaceful moves towards reform. The protests have captured worldwide attention due to the increasing integration of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and other social media platforms that have allowed activists and onlookers to communicate, coordinate, and document the events as they occur. As the level of publicity has increased, the Egyptian government has made increasing efforts to limit internet access, especially to social media. On the eve of major planned protests on Friday, 28 January, a nationwide internet and mobile phone "blackout" began, though before dawn the following morning it was reported that the blackout for cell phones had ended.
(source: wikipedia)

Hope that there is no room for opportunists who will be riding on the power wave, and obtain political benefits from the movement....

Note: 2010–2011 Tunisian Revolution- Jasmine Revolution
Mohamed Bouazizi (March 29, 1984 – January 4, 2011) (Arabic: محمد البوعزيزي‎), was a Tunisian street vendor who burned himself on December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the humiliation that was inflicted on him by a female municipal official. This act became the catalyst for the 2010-2011 Tunisian Revolution, sparking deadly demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. Anger and violence intensified following Bouazizi's death, leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after 23 years in power. Bouazizi's protest eventually led to the protests in several Arab countries. Bouazizi is hailed by some as "heroic martyrs of a new Middle Eastern revolution."

Outraged by the events that led to Bouazizi's self-immolation, protests began in Sidi Bouzid, building for more than two weeks, with attempts by police to quiet the unrest serving only to fuel what had become a violent and deadly movement.[30] After Bouazizi's death, the protests became widespread, moving into the more affluent areas and eventually into the capital.[1] The anger and violence became so intense that President Ben Ali fled Tunisia with his family,[1] trying first to go to Paris, but was refused refuge by the French government. They were eventually welcomed into Saudi Arabia under many conditions, ending his 23-year dictatorship and sparking "angry condemnation" among Saudis.[30] In Tunisia, unrest persists as a new regime takes over, leaving many citizens of Tunisia feeling as though their needs are still being ignored

In Egypt, Abdou Abdel-Moneim Jaafar, a 49-year-old restaurant owner, set himself alight in front of the Egyptian Parliament

(source; wikipedia)

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1. Death of Mohamed Bouazizi,
2. 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising,

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