Sunday, February 20, 2011

Protests That Inspired The World

Eighteen days of angry protests from the citizens of Egypt did more than just earn a few tweets and clips on the internet. The determined people of the most populous country in the Arab world, decided to end decades worth of fiery grievances against the 30 year autocratic rule of President Hosni Mubarak. 

The people of Egypt not only toppled the power of Mubarak, but on Feb. 11, 2011 they have transformed politics in Egypt and around the Arab world. The Egyptian people braved tear gas, rubber bullets and security police officers notorious for torture and despite restrictions placed on the Internet, Egyptian bloggers managed to report new unrest, posting accounts and images of fresh demonstrations on the streets of Cairo online throughout the course of the protests.

As a result of the successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, the people of Egypt have not only victoriously overthrown their government leader, but they have also enthralled dissidents and activists around the world who have campaigned for radical change.

The social media networking that played a huge part in distributing information from the people to other parts of the world has even spread to Djibouti, a city-state across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, where protesters reportedly clashed with security forces on Feb.18.

Protesters in Egypt and the surrounding region used Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to organize, and benefited from pan-Arab media outlets such as Al-Jazeera television that spread word of the uprisings.

Gradually other countries in similar situations are seeing Egypt’s victory as a possibility for them as well. The protests in Tunisia and Egypt were a testament to what the power of the people can do.

"Tears welled in my eyes when I watched the Egyptians, overjoyed after Mubarak left. I want to tell them that your fight has paid off but we don't know where our future lies," said a 53-year-old private tutor in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city. The tutor spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the authorities in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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