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Friday of Anger and Fear: The Egyptian Revolution!

teargas released in downtown Cairo

teargas released in downtown Cairo

Word on the street in Egypt is that HUGE protests are planned for Friday after Friday prayers. No one really know how many people could be out on the streets but since Tuesday there has been easily 15 to 20,000 people. So, expect Friday to very easily top that by at least double. At this point it seems that any act of violence towards the people on the part of the police, army, and Hosni’s regime could spell disaster for the rulers of Egypt. 

To get an in-depth update of everything that goes on, I recommend visiting the Guardians website at www.guardian.co.uk

They are probably the only unbiased view in this whole situation.

Til’ Friday!

hosni Mubarak torn picture

Egyptians tear a picture of leader Hosni Mubarak

 

Eyptian Police fire rubber bullets

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Breaking News: Riots All Over Egypt!

                          The last time I posted it was to tell everyone about “Revolution Day” or Tuesday January 25th 2011. The Egyptians had planned this protest for a while and many people wondered whether or not it will succeed, including me. It has now gone into the third day of protests with some protests turning into riots. There are many conflicting reports, some people say the phones are down, blackberries aren’t working, the police left, the police is still there, the army is here, no they’re not, a police station is on fire, so on and so forth to a point where your head starts spinning.

A good point to note is that Hosni Mubarak will have his cronies around the internet and they are probably the ones saying that everything is fine. Okay, now back to the action as riots and protests are on going as we speak.

Rueters reports on the clashes:

Around 600 protesters clashed with police in demonstrations across the Egyptian eastern city of Ismailia on today, witnesses said. They said the police dispersed the crowds using tear gas. Demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981, have raged since Tuesday in several Egyptian cities, with the biggest clashes in Cairo and Suez.

 A brave act by an Egyptian Man – Tiananmen Square??

The AP reports:

Bahrain’s king is calling for an Arab summit to discuss efforts to calm the region amid widening protests inspired by the toppling of Tunisia’s iron-rule regime.The state-run Bahrain News Agency says King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged the emergency Arab meeting in a telephone call with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Another report from Rueters shows us a little more insight into whats has happened:

Egyptian police fired rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators in the eastern city of Suez, on a third day of protests calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, a witness said. Demonstrators early on Thursday morning torched a police post, after setting fire to another police post and a government building a day earlier. All three protesters killed in demonstrations in Egypt so far died in Suez. A policeman was killed in Cairo.

 

After three days of protests the AP reports:

President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party says it is ready to open a dialogue with the youths who have staged three days of anti-government protests. Safwat El-Sherif, the secretary general of the National Democratic Party, also called Thursday for restraint by the security forces and protesters during a rally planned for after Friday prayers. However, el-Sharif, a longtime confidant of President Hosni Mubarak, did not offer any concessions to the protesters demanding Mubarak’s ouster nor suggest that steps would be taken to address their complaints about unemployment and poverty. “The minority does not force its will on the majority,” he said.

Egyptians are already making plans for the post-Mubarak time (if it comes). From Rueters:

Mohamed ElBaradei, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, is expected back in Cairo today and has said he will join tomorrow’s demonstrations, and told Reuters it was time for Mubarak to go. He suggested he might run for president if democratic and constitutional change was implemented.

 

From the Guardian website in the comments section some one named “gaurdiansux” made a very good point regardless of the name:)

That’s true but Egyptians are much larger in number too, in smaller towns it’s obvious there is more solidarity, even protesters from nearby Ismailia have travelled to Suez to help in, Ismailla having its own unrest..what is strange is Port Said, it’s practically an island and if it rebels they can easily drive out the police but what can be very worrying to the world, if things escalate in Suez and Port Said revolts, the Suez canal will be closed. In Cairo and Alexandria, people still suffer from political apathy..they are huge metropolis and perhaps one shouldn’t judge yet but all those massive protests in Alexandria and Cairo are not even 0.5% of their populations. Those 2 cities if they really do erupt, the regime will be gone in a few hours..that’s why I said yesterday, we can never know what will happen or if they can really bring him down.. the number of protests tomorrow can be a Barometer of what’s to come

 

I totally agree and as I said in the earlier post about “Revolution Day” once the riots start you better hope and pray you win because if you don’t you’re going to be in a whole other world of hurt afterwards.

I will be monitoring the situation! Could this be the Arab Union??

Next Up! Egyptian Revolution?

Will Egypt follow in the footsteps of Tunisia?

           After 3 days of mourning for the protest victims in Tunisia many people wonder the fate of the Arab world as a whole. Protests are planned in Egypt to take place on Tuesday January 25th, they’re calling it “Revolution Day.” This could be something big for Egypt, but it could also be something horrible. It just depends on how powerful this “protest” on Tuesday is going to be. You shouldn’t expect to start a protest in a country like Egypt and not get any resistance, you WILL get resistance and lots of it. I think the biggest problem here is that if the protests don’t succeed the Egyptians will be in a worse off situation than if they never even started the protests in the first place. Mubaraks regime will just be tougher on people and try as much as humanly possible to squash any uprising in the future.

To some everything up in just a few words, the Egyptians need everything to go their way come Tuesday and it must truly be a “Revolution Day!”

 

The Guardian reports,

Tuesday’s demonstrations will take the form of a nationwide set of anti-Mubarak protests, dubbed “revolution day” by opposition activists who hope that Tunisia’s uprising will embolden the vast number of individuals like Shamad and persuade them that the time is right to make their voices heard.

“In every neighbourhood in the country there is a pressure point which the government is afraid of and which will be brought to the surface on Tuesday,” said Ahmed al-Gheity, 23, a doctor and one of the regional organisers of “revolution day”. On the event’s Facebook page, tens of thousands of supporters have posted comments suggesting Ben Ali’s departure could be the precursor for Mubarak’s downfall. “If Tunisia can do it, why can’t we?” read one. “We will either start living or start dying on 25 January.”

 



Obama takes Georgia for Democrats!

“WASHINGTON – Barack Obama won the Georgia primary Tuesday night, the leading edge of a coast-to-coast struggle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for delegates in the grueling Democratic presidential campaign. Arizona Sen. John McCain challenged his remaining rivals for control of the Republican race.” – Yahoo News

WOW, I guess I miss judged Obama. He actually seems to be making progress. I don’t know about you but, I think this race between Clinton and Obama is going to be very close and I mean VERY close. I know we still have like…..the rest of February and 9 months until November, which seems to be a long march for only two democrats, and with Obama and Clinton squawking at each other the whole way there — It is going to be a LONG 9 months.

“It was Obama’s second straight Southern triumph, and like an earlier victory in South Carolina, was built on a wave of black votes.” – Yahoo news

So, Obama has the African American votes and apperintly young people want to vote for him too. It seems like Obama has some good ideas –Unfortunatly when ever he talks I just can’t seem to pay attention I don’t know why — and if he continues at this pace I think he will be a winner….in about 9 months.

“Overall, Clinton was winning only a slight edge among women and white voters, both groups that she has won handily in earlier contests, according to preliminary results from interviews with voters in 16 states leaving polling places. Obama was collecting the overwhelming majority of votes cast by blacks, and Clinton was gaining the votes of roughly six in 10 Hispanics.” – Yahoo News

Okay, this is really getting interesting. Let’s break it down, Obama has the votes of African Americans and young people. On the other hand Clinto has the votes of Women, white voters and roughly 6 in 10 Hispanics. Hmmmmm…..but wait their is more in the article above it says,  “Overall, Clinton was winning only a slight edge among women and white voters…..” To me it seems they’re neck and neck, but one of them is going to have to make their move, although I’m sure its not going to be now since their is like….the rest of February and 9 months until November.

Lets hear what you have to say about this. 🙂

(why is January spelled like “January”, but February is spell like “February”? shouldn’t February be spelled like “Febuary” or January be spelled like “Janruary”?

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