Tuesday, February 08, 2011

damn straight they fear retaliation - they're fusterclucked in facebook!!!

NPR | The popular uprising in Egypt found its online voice on a Facebook page that protested the alleged torture and murder of a 20-something professional, at the hands of the security services, in June this year.

The protesters in Cairo and elsewhere say the world has largely turned a blind eye to the brutality of the Mubarak regime over the years.

The fear of many in Egypt is that despite the uprising, nothing has really changed. Many say the government has orchestrated attacks on human-rights groups and protest leaders over the past few weeks.

Facebook Impact

Tariq al-Alfi stands in Tahrir Square with a sign that reads, "Facebook: The Egyptian Social Network."

He's a 28-years-old entrepreneur and one of the founders of a Facebook page that started this popular uprising.

"We needed change, we needed a new leader, we needed to have more freedom more rights, so it all started from us," says al-Alfi. "It happened six months ago, a young guy from the middle class called Khaled Said was killed by the police. We all started fighting the corruption [by] making social networks."

If this movement has a unifying figure, it is Khaled Said. Last summer, he uploaded pictures to the Internet that purportedly showed two policemen sharing the spoils of a drug bust. Shortly thereafter, he was dragged out of a cafe in Alexandria by police. Hours later, he turned up dead.

The government at the time said he had died from a drug overdose. But, again, the Internet played a key role in telling what activists say was the real story: Images of his beaten body went viral, sparking a social media campaign.
An Egyptian woman in Cairo in June previews a Facebook Web page showing a picture of Khaled Said, an Egyptian allegedly tortured to death by police in Alexandria.

An Egyptian woman in Cairo in June previews a Facebook Web page showing a picture of Khaled Said, an Egyptian allegedly tortured to death by police in Alexandria.

Reem Saad, director of Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo, says the movement started as a protest against police brutality and torture.

"The movement that started after the murder of Khaled Said was primarily a youth movement, or at least it was led by the youth and it started with the Facebook groups," Saad says. "[These are] very new ways of resistances that are totally unconventional and the authorities didn't know how to deal with it."

They don't seem to know how to deal with it now either.

Over the weekend, the government promised to address people's concerns after a meeting with some pro-democracy forces.

But at the same time, arrests were being carried out — among the most recent two reporters from Al-Jazeera. A Google executive, who is the suspected founder of the Khaled Said web page, was also nabbed by the authorities.

3 comments:

Uglyblackjohn said...

If Egyptians want the support of Blacks in America they should tie this to the Rodney King beatings from a decade ago.
Tie their protests to the MMM.
Make this protest about the freedoms many Blacks in America no longer take avantage of but to which many young Egyptians aspire.
Maybe they need to let Eminem do a commercial to get younguns to pay attention.
With all the hype of Egypt being part of Africa and a Black country with a Black history with a Moorish influence - the Hip-Hop angle seems to be the way to go.

CNu said...

Egypt has been a majority Arab country for some time now and is about to be embroiled in a resource war (water) with its African neighbors to the south http://subrealism.blogspot.com/search?q=nile+river

That said, I remain intensely curious about how this movement will resolve itself and whether it will spread by the numbers http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2011/02/mena-instability-by-numbers.html

Big Don said...

This morning, from Drudge:
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/07/mandatory-arabic-classes-coming-to-mansfield/

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