Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian People's Uprising

Live blog Feb 12 - Egypt protests

By Al Jazeera Staff in on February 11th, 2011.
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(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)
1:54am Moroccans also celebrate the demise of Mubarak by waving Egyptian flags in the streets of the Moroccan capital Rabat.
1:25am Lebanese and Egyptians are celebrating together in front of the Egyptian embassy in Beirut.
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1:21am The rise and fall of president Hosni Mubarak, by Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher:

1:08am In the northern town of Ismailia, crowds cheer and wave Egyptian flags, while in Suez, the armed forces are at the centre of the celebrations, Reuters reports.

1:06am In the streets of New York's "Little Egypt" Egyptian expatriates join their countrymen celebrating the fall of Mubarak. Dozens of people are blocking off a street, waving Egyptian flags and banners while chanting, "Praise be Allah" and "We live for Egypt to be proud."

1:00am Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reporting from Cairo says celebrations are ongoing throughout the city.

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12:35am Palestinians in Gaza are waving Egyptian flags and chant 'Long live Egypt' in a rally of thousands to celebrate
Mubarak's resignation.
12:00am Mubarak is gone - missed it? Go back to our live blog from February 11 - we will continue to bring you reactions to this from Egypt and all over the world.
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  • elzorroadrian 1 hour ago
    One final thought before I take a break....I would like to invite everyone of us to please educate ourselves about geopolitics as well as US foreign policy and intelligence, before spewing out what can easily become misinformation.

    Everything Retri has been telling us about the threat of the military in power, is correct. I stated that earlier as well and if you research what just happened here, you'll find out it is true too.

    The exit of Mubarak and the military "soft" coup, were planned and orchestrated in advance. I posted several articles here with the evidence that this was in the works. So STOP reading like a CNN newscaster at the service of Empire and saying the people wanted this, the army is neutral, the army is honorable, the demonstrators don't have a plan, a democratic transition has been secured because of the military intervention and the rest of those lies and false propaganda being put out there by the US and the media to justify this aberration that just happened.

    Don't take my word for it, but don't let your emotions cloud your mind, your critical thought abilities or your research skills. NONE of the groups that are legitimate, again, LEGITIMATE representatives of the progressive political opposition wanted this result. They will have a hell of time to wrestle power away from these people now. It's a different fight, but perhaps no easier than the one they just won against a single man. Now the regime is faceless too...just like what made the demonstrators hard to single leader to assassinate, or kidnap or throw in jail. With Mubarak gone as a figure head, it is the whole regime they will have to go after, not just one man, and the military is the the armed caretaker of this regime...

    (Thanks to all the brave voices here for withstanding the affronts of the dangerously misinformed and for choosing to promote critical thought and analysis when the tide is pushing us to embrace one of the best orchestrated political deceptions I have seen in my many years of revolutionary solidarity work.)

    Hasta la Victoria Siempre
    Viva el Pueblo Egipcio
    Viva la Revolucion
    Muerte a la Mentira
    Muerte a la Traicion
  • lovinmusic 1 hour ago
    Congratulations Egypt! As an American Jew, I hope we can learn to have far more cultural and personal contact with ordinary Egyptians... I highly respect and admire the non-violent means you used to achieve a more democratic Egypt - Mazel Tov!!!!
  • colorado_usa 2 hours ago
    You did it!

    You show the light to anyone and everyone in our world who yearns for freedom but feels helpless.

    You show the promise to anyone and everyone that hope can win, non-violence is the way to huge victories, that future belongs to those who are willing to stand for something.

    Today is not the end of the struggle for democracy. Today marks a milestone of a beginning, of Egypt's rebirth.

    Today, joy is in the air. We are all proud.

    Thank you.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Justice anywhere is a threat to injustice anywhere.” There is a lot of Justice in Egypt's Tahrir Square.
    Today, it's a more just world for all of us. Thanks Egyptian Freedom Demonstrators.
  • It is vital that Egyptian People remember that among the greatest beneficiaries of the Mubarak Police state were the top Military commanders. If all that happens is a turn of power from Mubarak to the Generals without rapid handover of power to a civilian interim government composed of all parties and a new constitution and immediate disbanding of the members of the Mubarak regime, the revolution will have been from one dark force to another. It is not time to rest. It is time to reflect and prepare in my opinion.

    Bing Duffminster
  • Asmahane 2 hours ago
    Suggestion: "Tahrir" for a boy and "Tahrira" for a girl, are the names which should now be added in the list of the websites suggesting baby-names.
  • Regarding concerns about "the Army", it needs to be remembered that "the Army" consists of individuals - the few who give the orders and the many who are willing to follow them. Those who carry out the orders of the military order-givers - and their civilian counterparts - are the enforcers and they are key to maintaining/keeping any government.

    If the enforcers, civilian as well as military, are few - or at least mostly unwilling to initiate physical harm, the orders/regulations/directives/etc of any government order-giver will remain nothing more than words. This is the key factor than should never be forgotten.

    Another major factor is that there are far more non-enforcers than enforcers, and they can be very persuasive non-violently. This is what the past 2 weeks in Egypt has shown to the people themselves living there and to the rest of the world. If enforcers will not be persuaded with reasoned logic to stop being enforcers, then withdraw all voluntary association. Shun them! This is a very powerful tool of persuasion when words are not sufficient.

    The unwillingness of large numbers of enforcers to follow orders to enforce - initiate physical harm - resulted in Mubarak's finally leaving. The same methods of persuasion towards the enforcers can be used again.
  • APIC (APICONG) 1 hour ago
    We thank everyone for their support and their love and solidarity. We are going to log out, as there remains some correspondence to be handled during the night.
    We wish to remind everyone that this marks not the end but the beginning of the struggle for democratisation. Vigilance is required now more than ever. Have a good night, cat, Asmahane, americansister, jane and everyone.
    Our thoughts remain with you.
    Anyone who wants to reach us can check out friendsofshayfeen on fb or contact Muhammad A. Al Mahdi on fb or myspace with reference to APIC(APICONG). Good night:)
  • APIC.. I hope you get justice, but don't let revenge rule your hearts. Revenge is seldom justice.
  • Jane Thompson 51 minutes ago


    The Iranian state commemorated the 32nd anniversary of its Islamic Revolution on Friday with victory parades, as it tried to squelch counter demonstrations planned across the country for Monday.

    Iran's pro-democracy Green Movement has called people to the streets in solidarity with protestors in Egypt and Tunisia, as the call gained momentum on blogs and social networking sites, with over 30,000 people pledging to participate on one protest group's Facebook page.

    Iranian youth activists got a nod from Wael Ghonim, the Google executive and Egyptian protest leader, who showed up on Tahrir Square wearing the signature green wrist band of Iran's opposition.

    "I tell all Iranians that you should learn from Egyptians because we learned from you," Mr. Ghonim told an Iranian human rights group on Thursday. His comments and picture were widely posted on opposition websites and blogs.

    In Tehran and other big Iranian cities this week residents scribbled on paper money, "End executions, stop dictatorship," and spray painted "Tahrir Square"—the central location of recent Egyptian protests—on traffic signs on Tehran's Azadi square, the site of Iran's anti-government protests in 2009.

    Word of the Monday protests spread in buses and taxes, and one Tehran resident said neighbors buzzed each other's doorbells to tip them off.

    "We called for a demonstration to show our movement is alive and to stop the Iranian government's propaganda abuse of pro-democracy movements in the region," said opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi through an intermediary.

    Mr. Karoubi has been under house arrest in Tehran since Thursday with only his wife permitted to visit him and all communication to his home cut off, according to his website. At least six relatives and advisors to Mr. Karoubi and opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi have been arrested in the past day, their offices said.

    Iran's leadership has said in recent weeks that the 1979 Islamic Revolution has inspired the popular uprisings in the region. Several Egyptian and Tunisian opposition parties have publicly rejected that notion.

    On Friday, Iranian state media broadcast scenes of pro-government protests in Tehran with people waving flags and chanting "Death to America." A split screen showed Egyptians gathering in Tahrir Square.As news broke of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, Iranian state television ran headlines of "between two revolutions, Egypt and Iran."

    Iranian officials said in recent days that if people wanted to show support for the regional movements they should join the government-sanctioned rally rather than the opposition rallies, which it said aimed to sow divisions.

    The government has already begun preemptive measures to stop Monday's planned demonstration by deploying larger-than-normal numbers of security forces around Tehran.

    Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Hamedani said on Tuesday the opposition supporters were "nothing but dead corpses," according to the official news agency IRNA.

    Since uprisings swept across the Middle East last month, Iran's government has taken extraordinary measures to suppress dissent. It has executed one person every nine hours since Jan. 1, breaking the per- capita world record, human rights groups say. In January alone, Iran executed 87 people, the state media reported. That one-month tally is higher than the total annual executions in 2005, the year President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power.

    Analysts say the judicial process has been hasty and at least three victims were political prisoners arrested during the 2009 anti-government protests.

    "The executions are a political message to the population: 'don't even think about unrest, we are in control and this is your punishment,' " said Hadi Ghaemi, the director of International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, an independent organization based in New York.

    Iranian officials defended the executions, all by hanging, by saying the victims were criminals charged with drug trafficking, adultery and other crimes.

    Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, told reporters this week that Iran rejected the international outcry over the executions. "It is really deplorable that those countries which claim to defend human rights and pose as civilized support cases involving crime, adultery or drug trafficking," Mr. Mehmanparast said.

    The executions have caused many ordinary middle class families to retreat from political activism because of the high potential costs to their families' safety.

    Others, mostly student activists and youth, say the execution reports are making them more resolved to fight for more political freedom. "Yes we are all afraid of violence but we are no less than the Egyptians, if they can do it so can we," said a 32-year-old marketing consultant.

    The spike in executions is bringing international repercussions for Iran. The Netherlands suspended diplomatic ties with Iran and recalled its ambassador. over the case of an Iranian-Dutch woman, Zahra Bahrami.

    Ms. Bahrami, 45 years old, was arrested at a protest in 2009 and first charged with threatening national security by sending information to foreign media outlets. She was subsequently charged with drug trafficking and executed on Jan. 29. Ms. Bahrami's family said she was an innocent political prisoner and they weren't notified of the execution nor the location of her body, which they say was secretly buried.

    Fatemeh Akhalghi's husband, Iranian-Canadian Saeed Malekpour, was given the death sentence in December on charges of helping opposition websites and creating pornographic websites, accusations the family denies.

    "I live in panic every day I think they might hang him in secret," Ms. Akhlaghi says in a telephone interview from Canada. "It's all about teaching other dissidents a lesson."
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