Saturday, February 5, 2011

Egyptian movement call for 'Days of Departure'

The Egyptian Liberation movement Leadership has organized a list of demands and secured several pledges on government restructuring. Despite these gains, there remains fear of political reprisal, as the unstable Mubarak regime has appointed a know agent who has a background of torture and if the protests cease, this man may reign over the people. Already there are fears of protesters just to go home, as some activist have 'disappeared'. Meanwhile in the streets, the protesters are gathering, crossing gender lines, class lines, racial lines and even religious lines in the common goal of scraping a better life in this world, tired of living under a dictator. With all the work the protesters are experiencing fatigue, from days of exhausting street confrontations with police. The uncertainty of battles has the promise of a better country, but the peril of a even more totalitarian regime.

"Amid a beefed-up Egyptian army presence and few major clashes — unlike the previous days — the demonstrators called for three more days of mass anti-Mubarak rallies next week. The mood was upbeat at the square, where chants and nationalist songs echoed until well after nightfall from a huge, diverse crowd.

Young women in headscarves mingled with retirees walking with canes, pious Muslims with prayer marks on their foreheads and young men with bandaged heads who'd been wounded in the week's fighting.

Obama said, "My understanding is that some discussions have begun" between the Egyptian government and the opposition. However, U.S. officials described the talks Thursday between Vice President Omar Suleiman and some opponents, overshadowed by the violence a day earlier, as unfruitful."-McClatchy

This idea that the government is negotiation seems all well and good, but it may be a way to buy off the protests and retain a brutally oppressive regime. If Mubarak doesn't fall, he may come back with an iron fist, seeking to crush any further resistance. The Obama administration isn't neutral, they are 'whispering' in the ear of the Mubarak government, while fearing the loss of a unequivocal ally in the region- it is in the US empirical interest to support the Mubarak regime- but it is in the US democratic interest to support the people in the protest.

"While many experts doubt Washington’s ability to contain the Arabs’ march to claim their dignity and liberty, Washington‘s extraordinary capacity to create a breathing room for Arab authoritarian regimes must not be discounted.

Policy makers in Washington have long understood the depth of the Arab people’s anger toward their dictators and have concluded that the current upheaval, if not controlled, could inaugurate a new era of Arab masses openly defying and seeking to unseat Arab totalitarianism. Washington also feels uncomfortable with the possibility of the emergence of grassroots governments in the region. Therefore, in its general approach to the Arab World, Washington places considerable priority on the renewal of the authoritarian regimes.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was clear when she stated, “recent events in Egypt and certainly in that broader region — remind us all how crucial it is to have top-notch leadership on the ground and how quickly the ground can shift under our feet."- AlJazeera

"In Old Cairo, a tourist spot east of the square with an ancient bazaar, a group of armed men stopped a car carrying first-aid kits, water, juice boxes and other supplies for demonstrators and told the passengers not to go to the square, said one of the passengers, Mustafa Adel, 27. The men brandished knives and swords, Adel said, and were fraternizing with two uniformed police officers watching the scene.

The mob let the group go but seized their supplies. Outraged, Adel and his friends reported the incident to a military patrol, which retrieved the supplies with only a carton of juice missing."- McClatchy

How will the resolve, with self-determination for the people, or supplication of the people? How will Washington side, with the people or with the oppressor? These questions we all must wonder. The Student Insurgent stands in solidarity with the protesters, the movement for the will of the people to cast off their oppressor. How long must the oppression go on? How long must the people suffer? Uf the movement wins, the answer is no more, and the Insurgent stands in Solidarity with the protesters.

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