Egyptians Breaking Through

Matthew Cassel, an American journalist who is also the assistant editor of The Electronic Intifada, managed to upload these clips of Sunday’s protests in Tahrir Square to his YouTube channel:

Some amazing new video coming out of Egypt by Wael Abbas, an Egyptian journalist and blogger.

Tens of Thousands in Demonstration in Galae Square, Cairo from Ramy Raoof

Speak2tweet, offers Egyptians with access to telephones a number to call to record their reflections and share them with the world.

Twitter: #jan25 #Egypt

Clearly, the scent of Tunisia’s “jasmine revolution” has quickly reached Egypt. Following the successful expulsion in Tunis of the dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the call arose on Facebook for an Egyptian revolution, to begin on Jan. 25. Yet the public here mocked those young people who had taken to Twitter and Facebook to post calls for protest: Since when was the spark of revolution ignited on a pre-planned date? Had revolution become like a romantic rendezvous?

Such questions abounded on social networking sites; but even cynics — myself included — became hopeful as the calls continued to circulate. In the blink of an eye, the Twitter and Facebook generation had successfully rallied hundreds of thousands to its cause, across the nation. Most of them were young people who had not been politically active, and did not belong to the traditional circles of the political opposition. The Muslim Brotherhood is not behind this popular revolution, as the regime claims. Those who began it and organized it are seething in anger at police cruelty and the repression and torture meted out by the Hosni Mubarak regime. – See Date With a Revolution, The New York Times Opinion

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