Saturday, 29 January 2011

Mubarak, Game Over.


Egypt is a true chaos at the moment.
Since January the 25th, Egyptians all over (but mainly in Cairo) have been demonstrating.
For a country of freedom.

60% of the Egyptians are younger than 30 years old, and about 20% of those can't find a job.
They're sick of the so called democracy that got a thousand demonstrators locked up this past week.
They're sick of the poverty they live it.
And they're sick of the corruption that has been going on forever.

in 1950s and 1960s, Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria, at least) were thriving in luxury.
They had it better than most Western (European) countries.
Where did it go wrong?


Since January the 25th, the government has blocked Twitter, seeing as that was the number one social media people were called to demonstrate on.
Two days later they blocked Facebook totally.
And today, trying hard as I might to reach my Mother, siblings and friends over there, I've discovered they've blocked the entire internet, as well as taken down all satellites for mobile providers.
Last night landlines were still intact. Who knows how long /that/ will take.

Last night, just before I went to bed, Mubarak said a "few words" to his people.
He had fired his entire government, and was going to appoint a totally new one, today.
He promised "more" freedom.
The idiot.
Seeing as the country doesn't have any freedom (read: 17 people got killed and a thousand were arrested only this week, during this revolution), that doesn't say much.
And luckily, the crowd isn't buying it.

I'm numb enough about Egypt to say that I don't care what the result is.
I don't give much of a damn, either way.
I just do give a shite about some people there. Friends and family. And not being able to reach them is getting on my nerves. Perhaps more than I'll ever admit.
Though it'd be better if those leading the revolution got their wishes, and the country helped the poor, and democracy is actually allowed.. I mean, I'm all for what they're fighting for.

No clue what'll happen next.
Who will win.
Because if Mubarak does, Egypt'll be worse off than they were a week ago.
One thing I do know for certain, though:
Egypt is writing history.

Xx
The Gypsy.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize people were dying over this but... it doesn't surprise me. :(

    I'm sorry, Jessie. I hope things turn out for the best.

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