Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Egyptian Revolution

The Egyptian Revolution began Friday, January 28, with police dousing pro-democracy leaders with water canons.
Soon after, all lines of communication were cut in Egypt, according to an Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor who emigrated from Egypt in August. The protesters were organizing their meetings through Twitter and text messages. The government responded quickly by eliminating all forms of electronic communication.
This display of power from Egyptian leaders shows that technology plays a crucial role in the fight for democracy in the 21st century, but that a corrupt government can still easily stifle the voice of the people.
This revolution is distinct from past revolutions also because of the prevalence of womens' participation and unity of the populace.

Photo by The Huffington Press.
A cohesive cry for purity evolved through the protests, according to Newsweek. Sara Abu Bakr, an Egyptian journalist, told Newsweek that Egypt is notorious for sexual harassment, especially during mass public events. Yet, there were no reports of harassment.
Bakr said that there was a unifying quality to these purity protests. He said that people were not identifying each other as as the Muslim Brotherhood or by political parties. Everyone was solely and purely Egyptian.

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