Sunday, 23 January 2011
Egypt: Will January 25 be the Day of the Egyptian Intifada?
What is going to happen in Egypt on January 25? People are calling for demonstrations and sit-ins everywhere. Who is going to participate, and where? What are their demands? Isn't it possible that some people are against the whole thing? We just need to pay the Egyptian blogosphere a quick visit to find out answers for all our questions.
Egyptian Wish, who lives in the US, wrote calling people to participate in the demonstrations and sit-ins that are going to take place in Egypt on January 25:
Thanks to the events in Tunisia that forced former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country, as it seems that the Tunisian syndrome is being spread across the Arab world, and some might consider Tunisia as the first tile in the domino effect.
Egyptian Wish continued:
Many groups and events are scheduled on Facebook for the demonstrations. More than 78,000 Egyptians have so far confirmed their participation in the event created on “We Are All Khaled Said” group there. Zeinobia wrote here to sum up the participants so far. Even outside Egypt, people are calling for demonstrations in front of the Egyptian embassies in London and Washington.
But why this specific date? Zeinobia sees it is a reminder to the Egyptian people and to the police that on that day, the police stood with the Egyptian people against the occupation forces there at that time.
While now, especially after the murder of “Khaled Said”, the situation is not the same.
Zeinobia then listed the requests of the callers of the demonstrations.
The question now, where is presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradie and the heads of the opposition movements from all this. Nawara Negm quipped:
Although the “Salafists Movement for Reform” aka “HAFS” announced that it is going to participate [Ar], yet normally most of the other Salafy movements are against the whole thing. Also some bloggers are suspicious and not sure if this calls might end with uncontrollable riots and unrest. Amira Bahhy El Din wrote here about her fears.
Finally, we have to wait an see what is going to happen in the next few days. We have to wait and see who really is going to participate, what will they do, and how will the regime react. And then days will prove if Tunisia is really the first tile of the domino effect in the region, or the situation in Tunisia is totally different than that in Egypt, Algeria, and in the other Arab countries.