Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The largest political demonstration in the history of Egypt

The Protests are ongoing and despite police corruption, an attempt to co-opt the protests and sabotage: The protest remain largely peaceful. Most violence is from the Egyptian Police. While major networks report nearly a million people, these agencies chronically under-report participation. Meanwhile the president refuses to step down. But Egypt is part of a larger trend in a region that is empowering itself, working for citizen sovereignty. Updates are shaky and much analysis is full of speculation, but one thing is clear, the people are rising.

In many U.S. cities locally and elsewhere solidarity protests are ongoing "We stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt for their courageous resistance against the brutal, corrupt rule of Mubarak and the US Empire. We support their struggle for human rights, justice and freedom"-Portland IndyMedia.

"Arab world getting nervous: Breaking: Jordan's King Abdullah dismisses Government appoints new prime minister. Feb 2011: Millions of people (literally) are assembling right this moment in Tahrir Square in response to a call put out for "1 million" to gather. Still more coming! This really HAS BEEN every sector of civil society."-Independent Media Center

"It was a victory parade – without the victory. They came in their hundreds of thousands, joyful, singing, praying, a great packed mass of Egypt, suburb by suburb, village by village, waiting patiently to pass through the "people's security" checkpoints, draped in the Egyptian flag of red, white and black, its governess eagle a bright gold in the sunlight. Were there a million? Perhaps. Across the country there certainly were. It was, we all agreed, the largest political demonstration in the history of Egypt"-The Independent

"There is little doubt that the Tunisian experience triggered the escalation of unprecedented protests in Egypt against the Mubarak regime. The question on every media pundit's lips is, "Will events in Tunisia and Egypt have a domino effect throughout the Arab world?'...[Egypt is] viewed by the U.S., Britain and West as "a strategic pivot" and a "a vital ally" in the "War on Terror'. No wonder then that activists across the world are holding their breath in anticipation that one of the world's most notorious dictators, and one of the West's most favoured client-regimes, might be overthrown."-OpEd News

"The brush fire spread to Egypt, Jordan, Algeria and Yemen with thousands of young and old demonstrators, not belonging to any specific group, demanding the ouster of their corrupt regimes. In Jordan, the demonstrators demanded that the Prime Minister step down. In Yemen, the demonstrators demanded the ouster of the corrupt President ruling the country for three decades. Egypt, the center of gravity for Arabs, has had the most vociferous demonstrations. In cities across Egypt, Egyptians are demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak – their ruthless ruler for three decades. Mubarak’s answer was to send his goons of security forces to intimidate the demonstrators without success. "-FPIF

"[This may be]a deeper convergence of fundamental structural crises which are truly global in scale. The eruption of social and political unrest has followed the impact of deepening economic turbulence across the region, due to the inflationary impact of rocketing fuel and food prices. As of mid-January, even before Ben Ali had fled Tunis, riots were breaking out in Algeria, Morocco, Yemen and Jordan -- the key grievances? Rampant unemployment, unaffordable food and consumer goods, endemic poverty, lack of basic services, and political repression."-OpEd News

"For decades, the pundits in America belittled the Arab streets’ reaction to political events. But, they are now silent since they never understood or did not want to understand the extent of oppression the Arab people are under with our active support. We gave these regimes massive military hardware; we trained their security services; and we provided them with intelligence information to suppress their people and remain in power. Today we are doing the same thing. If the U.S. policy towards Middle Eastern countries truly is changing, we need to have overt and covert operations congruent in goals and practice. For decades, the Arab streets were aware of our support of their regimes, and have held us complicit. This is the root of anti-American sentiment. We are reaping the results of seeds we planted long ago."-FPIF

"There were several elements about this unprecedented political event that stood out. First was the secularism of the whole affair. Women in chadors and niqabs and scarves walked happily beside girls with long hair flowing over their shoulders, students next to imams and men with beards that would have made Bin Laden jealous. The poor in torn sandals and the rich in business suits, squeezed into this shouting mass, an amalgam of the real Egypt hitherto divided by class and regime-encouraged envy. They had done the impossible – or so they thought – and, in a way, they had already won their social revolution."-The Independent

The Student Insurgent Stands in Solidarity with the ongoing protests.

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