Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Protest action in Egypt



Tunisia must have created a ripple of change across the Arabian peninsula. From Algeria to Yemen, people went to the streets this weekend to protest similar sentiments like Tunisia ten days ago.
This time in Egypt, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo protested against failing economic policies and corruption, according to the alliance of lawyers called "Front to Defend Egypt Protesters," reported by CNN.
The demonstration coincided with the country's national holiday--the Police Day.
Again, similar to Tunisia, today's revolution in Cairo was sparked by the social media. Over 90,000 people all over the country vowed to participate in the mass action through a Facebook group named after a rallyist in Alexandria allegedly beaten to death by the cops--"We Are All Khaled Said."
The group demands salary hike, dismissal of the interior minister, creation of two-term limits for the president and removal of the emergency laws, which the group claims abuse of police control over the people.
The report said there were 200 protesters in the city of Aswan, 2,000 in the city of Ismailiya, and approximately 3,000 in the city of Mahallah.
CNN witnesses said that at first the activists were restrained in the capital city. Later, the protesters were fired dozens of rounds of tear gas by the cops. The people threw back the canisters to the police.
Nobel Peace laureate and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei supported the rally on his Twitter account.
He said, "I sympathize with you because sometimes you are asked to do things that you do not want to do."
Watch the attached YouTube video showing the protest action in Cairo.
More of this story in this link.
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