NO WAR - Egyptian Revolution

World reacts as Mubarak steps down

Good afternoon, everybody. There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.

By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people’s hunger for change. But this is not the end of Egypt’s transition. It’s a beginning. I’m sure there will be difficult days ahead, and many questions remain unanswered. But I am confident that the people of Egypt can find the answers, and do so peacefully, constructively, and in the spirit of unity that has defined these last few weeks. For Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day.

The military has served patriotically and responsibly as a caretaker to the state, and will now have to ensure a transition that is credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people. That means protecting the rights of Egypt’s citizens, lifting the emergency law, revising the constitution and other laws to make this change irreversible, and laying out a clear path to elections that are fair and free. Above all, this transition must bring all of Egypt’s voices to the table. For the spirit of peaceful protest and perseverance that the Egyptian people have shown can serve as a powerful wind at the back of this change.

The United States will continue to be a friend and partner to Egypt. We stand ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary -- and asked for -- to pursue a credible transition to a democracy. I’m also confident that the same ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that the young people of Egypt have shown in recent days can be harnessed to create new opportunity -- jobs and businesses that allow the extraordinary potential of this generation to take flight. And I know that a democratic Egypt can advance its role of responsible leadership not only in the region but around the world.

Egypt has played a pivotal role in human history for over 6,000 years. But over the last few weeks, the wheel of history turned at a blinding pace as the Egyptian people demanded their universal rights.

We saw mothers and fathers carrying their children on their shoulders to show them what true freedom might look like.

We saw a young Egyptian say, “For the first time in my life, I really count. My voice is heard. Even though I’m only one person, this is the way real democracy works.”

We saw protesters chant “Selmiyya, selmiyya” -- “We are peaceful” -- again and again.

We saw a military that would not fire bullets at the people they were sworn to protect.

And we saw doctors and nurses rushing into the streets to care for those who were wounded, volunteers checking protesters to ensure that they were unarmed.

We saw people of faith praying together and chanting – “Muslims, Christians, We are one.” And though we know that the strains between faiths still divide too many in this world and no single event will close that chasm immediately, these scenes remind us that we need not be defined by our differences. We can be defined by the common humanity that we share.

And above all, we saw a new generation emerge -- a generation that uses their own creativity and talent and technology to call for a government that represented their hopes and not their fears; a government that is responsive to their boundless aspirations. One Egyptian put it simply: Most people have discovered in the last few days…that they are worth something, and this cannot be taken away from them anymore, ever.

This is the power of human dignity, and it can never be denied. Egyptians have inspired us, and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence. For in Egypt, it was the moral force of nonviolence -- not terrorism, not mindless killing -- but nonviolence, moral force that bent the arc of history toward justice once more.

And while the sights and sounds that we heard were entirely Egyptian, we can’t help but hear the echoes of history -- echoes from Germans tearing down a wall, Indonesian students taking to the streets, Gandhi leading his people down the path of justice.

As Martin Luther King said in celebrating the birth of a new nation in Ghana while trying to perfect his own, “There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom.” Those were the cries that came from Tahrir Square, and the entire world has taken note.

Today belongs to the people of Egypt, and the American people are moved by these scenes in Cairo and across Egypt because of who we are as a people and the kind of world that we want our children to grow up in.

The word Tahrir means liberation. It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom. And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people -- of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world.

Thank you.

Egyptian Revolution January 25th, 2011

“We will not be silenced, whether you’re a Christian or a Muslim, whether you’re an atheist, you will demand your goddamn rights, and we will have our rights, one way or the other! We will never be silenced!”

Violent clashes between police and demonstrators as over ten thousand gather on the streets of Cairo. The Egyptian population has endured a tyrants rule for far too long, millions struggle each day to find where their next meal is coming from. January 25th, 2011 marks the day when the people rise and take back what's rightfully there's. This isn't the end, but hopefully the beginning to a long awaited regime change! Send to everyone and let them know.

Il Cairo: violenti scontri tra polizia e manifestanti. La popolazione egiziana ha subito la tirannia per troppo tempo, ogni giorno milioni di persone lottano per procurarsi il minimo indispensabila al sostentamento delle loro famiglie. Il 25 gennaio 2011 ha segnato il momento nel quale  il popolo è insorto per  tentare di riprendere ciò che dovrebbe appartenergli. Questa non è la fine, ma, come  si spera, sarà  l'inizio di un cambiamento di regime a lungo atteso!

Divulga a tutti coloro che conosci, tutti devon sapere! 

"Sono un Egiziano che vive al Cairo e che il 25 gennaio '11 ha partecipato alla manifestazione di Tahrir Square. Come molti degli egiziani, era la prima volta che mi univo alle proteste. L'evento è senza precedenti in Egitto e se questa rivoluzione avrà successo quel giorno (il 25 gennaio) ne segnerà l'inizio.
Purtroppo, il sit-in di Tahrir si è concluso con l'utilizzo da parte delle forse dell'ordine di gas lacrimogeni che hanno inondato la piazza; i veicoli blindati hanno forzato gli assembramenti di folla rischiando di schiacciare le persone presenti; migliaia di poliziotti hanno usato lo shock elettrico su centinaia di manifestanti in fuga per poterli arrestare. In 10 minuti la piazza si è svuotata malgrado la presenza di migliaia di manifestanti che si sono dispersi nelle stradine secondarie cercando di rinforzarsi a vicenda formando piccoli gruppi, ma le forse dell'ordine non si sono fermate nell'inseguimento ed hanno cercato di arrestare il maggior numero di persone.

Oggi, 26 gennaio, la protesta continua in scala più piccola, ma più violenta. Ad ogni assembramento, da poche decine a centinaia di persone, la polizia interviene picchiando, disperdendo ed arrestando il più possibile.

Nonostante tutto, anche se ora sono le 22:00, le proteste proseguono in parecchi luoghi qui al Cairo. Ci giungono notizie che nelle strade di Suez c'è una sorta di guerra e parecchie persone sono state uccise.

Il gruppo di Facebook cui facciamo riferimento sta invitando tutti a partecipare alle dimostrazioni anti-governative dopo la preghiera di Venerdì e questo lo potremmo considerare una sorta di grande abbraccio di solidarietà tra le persone che vogliono il cambiamento.

Nel frattempo parecchi siti web sono stati bloccati:

Twitter sin da ieri e ancora è bloccato

Facebook oggi per breve tempo

Alcuni ISP bloccano TUTTI i servizi di Google. Stiamo parlando di Gmail, YouTube, ecc Internet è generalmente lenta. La mia connessione diretta a FB e Youtube è più lento rispetto a quando ho accesso attraverso un proxy in Europa.

Domani, potrebbero bloccare FB per tutta la giornata in attesa del giorno Venerdì “Anger”

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Demonstrators marching on 25 January
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Demonstrator holding a sign (based on a Latuff cartoon) depicting a shoe with "25 January" written inside it flying at Mubarak's face (an allusion to Muntadhar al-Zaidi's reaction to President George W. Bush's visit to Iraq).

Democracy Now!’s coverage of the massive demonstrations in Egypt and an archive of our past coverage of issues and topics relevant to Egypt.

Aljazeera news about Egyptian Revolution

 
The story of five days in January when the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear and rose in revolt.

This film tells the story of five days in January 2011 when the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear they had known for a generation and rose in revolt against their president.

Anger had long been brewing in Egypt - strikes, unemployment and sectarian tension were on the rise.

Small networks of activists had been agitating against Hosni Mubarak's autocratic rule for years. But it was only when another Arab country, Tunisia, rose up against its tyrant that the Egyptian activists attracted mass support.

People took to the streets across Egypt demanding political freedoms, an end to state corruption and a better quality of life for the impoverished population.

Egypt Burning captures those critical moments as history unfolded through interviews with Al Jazeera correspondents on the ground. Their coverage of this popular uprising made them the target of a state campaign to get Al Jazeera off the air.