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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Anti-government rallies spread - hope for the oppressed?

The discontent flowing on from Tunisia has spread to Egypt where anti-government rallies have taken place today in several cities.

The rallies were biggest in Cairo where thousands joined the protests and police used tear gas. Three people are believed to have died.

Correspondents say the demonstrations took police by surprise. Protests in Egypt, where Hosni Bukarak has been president since 1981, are rare.
This report was filed by the BBC's correspondent Jon Leyne:
The demonstrations were clearly inspired by what happened in Tunisia. They were bigger than anything seen here for a number of years. What was also most striking was the boldness and anger of the protesters. Even when the police moved in with water cannon and tear gas, they stood their ground.

The police, by contrast, appeared wrong-footed. They are unused to confronting crowds as big and determined as this. 

On its own, this is not going to threaten President Mubarak's hold on power. But it must be a huge shock to him. And the protesters might just begin to think that anything is possible. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her administration supported "the fundamental right of expression and assembly" and urged all parties "to exercise restraint".

She added that Washington believed the Egyptian government was "stable" and "looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people".

The events in Cairo were co-ordinated on a Facebook page - tens of thousands of supporters clicked on the page to say they would take part.
The microblogging website, Twitter, has confirmed its website has been blocked in Egypt. 

Twitter said it believed the open exchange of information and views was a benefit to societies and helped government better connect with their people.

The Swedish-based website Bambuser, which streams video from mobile phones, said it had been blocked in Egypt. On its blog, it accused Egyptian officials of trying to control the news agenda.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo said rallies had been held in several parts of the capital, and the turnout had been more than the organisers could have hoped.

Police were taken aback by the anger of the crowd and let protesters make their way to the parliament building, he says.

There police regrouped in full riot gear with tear gas and water cannon and temporarily drove the crowd back. However, protesters threw stones and stood their ground, pushing the police back until they were on the run.

Protests also broke out in other areas, including the eastern city of Ismailiya and the northern port city of Alexandria.

In Alexandria, witnesses said thousands joined the protests, some chanting: "Revolution, revolution, like a volcano, against Mubarak the coward." (BBC Homepage)


Freedom said...

What happens in authoritarian regimes around the world is encouraging for all freedom loving people. But will the Fijians ever wake up? Will they protest the absence of free expression and the dismantling of basic human rights? Will they protest the systematic destruction of their culture their institutions and their traditions? Will they end international isolation as a pariah state? Will they insist that Fiji is a civilian and a civilized society where the law is respected? Will they overcome their fear and send the soldiers to their barracks? I sincerely hope that there are still a few good man and woman out there who have the guts to face the dictator who has taken an entire country hostage for no other reason than his own self preservation and financial benefit?

Anonymous said...

Ratu Said.
FIJI people have to stand and fight for its freedom.
no one else.its time fiji and indian united and fight.

mark manning said...

I was watching a show the other night in Sydney, Gene Simmons, the Family Jewels !

And on this particular episode, Gene was at speaking to an american War Veteran from Iraq who had been injured in battle and was now permanently incapacitated.
And in that interview, Gene thanked the Servicemen for their sacrifices they made, which allowed him to enjoy the freedom for which they had fought and sacrificed their lives.
It was a genuine, heartfelt thank you which brought tears to the Rockers eyes as he shook hands with this particular Veteran of the Iraq War.
The Veteran was humble and said:-
" Freedom is not Free " !
I found it a very moving moment and just wanted to share that with you here.
Freedom is not free.

Leone said...

hahahahha sorry bro how can we stand when we are demanding for no elections, the people like Frank and what hes doing.Its only for those selfish few loosers former civil servants and SDL supporters who are crying over spilt milk here.Frank has promised elections to the people in 2014 after the reforms so I will like to assure you, w are not going back to 2000 when we were fooled and tricked by selfish people like you

Anonymous said...

Ratu Said.
fiji people have not guts to fight bani and ag.
They are like gods of fijian people now.
All the rest get ready for naboro.
fiji people changes like a wind.
no guts no change in the govt.

mark manning said...

Does anyone know the difference between a Fijian and a Tunisian ?
About 40 kilos ! lols

Anonymous said...

Ratu Said,
Time for the fijian to wake up from the grog dope.
Fight for what you have now before fiji is pawn to china,malaysia and india.
FNPF drains your funds out by the govt.
No money for the future.
Learn from tunisia/others.
Student/peoples power.
what happen to the church/chiefs .the leaders .
who did march for fijian in 1987/2000.
all silent now.