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Turmoil in Egypt

In Egypt, Politik / Politic, Sosial Politik on February 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm
  1. At least a million gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as mass protests against President Mubarak are staged across country.
  2. About 1,000,000 people have gathered for the planned “march of a million” in the Egyptian capital, calling for Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, to step down.
  3. Eighth day of an uprising that has so far claimed more than 125 lives.
  4. Having lived under emergency rule since 1981, the people of Egypt finally rallied for liberty, and in the process braved the worst excesses of a police state.
  5. On that day alone, around 860 protesters were hounded by the much-feared secret police, arrested and beaten. Another three were killed. A number of foreign journalists also felt the full force of Egyptian “law”.
  6. As for the need to keep open all communications channels for protesters, reports quickly surfaced that the Egyptian authorities were blocking access to Facebook and Twitter
  7. US policy in the Middle East is naturally driven by ideology and self-interest.
  8. Egypt is the second largest recipient of US military and economic aid (after Israel) in the world, to the tune of some $1.5bn annually
  9. The people of Iran will most likely be following events as they unfold in Egypt with keen interest, whether on their satellite receivers or through Facebook and Twitter.
  10. As for the Egyptian people, time will tell whether they will break the shackles of despotism. One thing that is becoming clear to them, however, is this: The US government is proving to be no friend of theirs.

Source: Al Jazeera

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