Egypt’s 11 Provinces Continue Active Protest for Mubarak to Step Down

By on Jan 29, 2011 in Asia, International, Middle East, National, Opinion, Politics, United States Comments

Egypt’s 11 provinces  continue to actively protest against President  Hosni Mubarak and his government to step down from political power. Egypt’s local news sites reported, January 28, 2011.

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The streets of Egypt’s premier provinces are brimming with people, most of them ready to fight for freedom, even if this will cost their lives. Scores of people took to the streets chanting that President Mubarak should relinquish his power.

US President Obama through live television appealed several times to the Egyptian President to resolve the problem forgoing violence and to start reforms. President Mubarak went also live and promised to institute reforms, but it is not what the protesting Egyptians needed.  What they wanted was for him to “step out”.

Mubarak’s government has a Herculean task not to resort to violence when groups of Egyptian protesters looted, burned and turned violent.  There are only alternatives in this type of situation, the government can either opt to step down, or try to control the violence caused by discontented people using powerful means.

The fact that Internet connections, and social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, were purposely blocked by the Egyptian government, has raised the hackles of Obama and the US, which has acted as the Champions of Democracy in the world. Recently, Mubarak fired his Cabinet members trying to pacify the Egyptian protesters but there is no stopping the violence and ire that had emanated from the enraged Egyptians.

The US president was indirectly warning Mubarak that America would not stand watching the basic rights of people trampled upon, especially, the peaceful expression of their sentiments. The big question, is that, is the Egyptian people’s assembly really “peaceful?”

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It can be remembered that during the Philippines People Power Revolution against the late Ferdinand Marcos on February 22 to 25, 1986, the protesters were peaceful with their smiles, flowers, religious images and friendly offer of food to the soldiers.  There was hardly bloodshed but People Power was able to succeed in deposing Marcos.

This had made unprecedented history, when the late Ferdinand Marcos stepped down without large scale violence.  Many of the soldiers themselves donned civilian clothing and joined the peaceful protesters.  Although there are other people power movements that ensued, that part of the Philippine history has not been exactly duplicated since then.

The ouster of Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has also been successful, but only after some violence and mortality counts.

US politicians, under President Obama, have taken upon themselves to “police” every country in the world, which are under perceived dictatorship or communism and apparently try to support the country’s citizens in their quest for democracy. But they should be aware that not all countries need their intervention.

The people’s uprising and protest in Egypt against President Mubarak, who has been a close ally of the US, is an event that the US and President Obama has not been ready for.

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