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Thursday, 3 Feb 2011

Egypt, right now!

I don't know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one's friend house to another friend's house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least.

It didn't start out that way. On Tuesday Jan 25 it all started peacefully, and against all odds, we succeeded to gather hundreds of thousands and get them into Tahrir Square, despite being attacked by Anti-Riot Police who are using sticks, tear gas and rubber bullets against us. We managed to break all of their barricades and situated ourselves in Tahrir. The government responded by shutting down all cell communication in Tahrir square, a move which purpose was understood later when after midnight they went in with all of their might and attacked the protesters and evacuated the Square. The next day we were back at it again, and the day after. Then came Friday and we braved their communication blackout, their thugs, their tear gas and their bullets and we retook the square. We have been fighting to keep it ever since.

That night the government announced a military curfew, which kept getting shorter by the day, until it became from 8 am to 3 pm. People couldn't go to work, gas was running out quickly and so were essential goods and money, since the banks were not allowed to operate and people were not able to collect their salary. The internet continued to be blocked, which affected all businesses in Egypt and will cause an economic meltdown the moment they allow the banks to operate again. We were being collectively punished for daring to say that we deserve democracy and rights, and to keep it up, they withdrew the police, and then sent them out dressed as civilians to terrorize our neighborhoods. I was shot at twice that day, one of which with a semi-automatic by a dude in a car that we the people took joy in pummeling. The government announced that all prisons were breached, and that the prisoners somehow managed to get weapons and do nothing but randomly attack people. One day we had organized thugs in uniforms firing at us and the next day they disappeared and were replaced by organized thugs without uniforms firing at us. Somehow the people never made the connection.

Despite it all, we braved it. We believed we are doing what's right and were encouraged by all those around us who couldn't believe what was happening to their country. What he did galvanized the people, and on Tuesday, despite shutting down all major roads leading into Cairo, we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak's departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime's ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn't nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today.

Today, they brought back the internet, and started having people calling on TV and writing on facebook on how they support Mubarak and his call for stability and peacefull change in 8 months. They hung on to the words of the newly appointed government would never harm the protesters, whom they believe to be good patriotic youth who have a few bad apples amongst them. We started getting calls asking people to stop protesting because "we got what we wanted" and "we need the country to start working again". People were complaining that they miss their lives. That they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery. That they need us to stop so they can resume whatever existence they had before all of this. All was forgiven, the past week never happened and it's time for Unity under Mubarak's rule right now.

To all of those people I say: NEVER! I am sorry that your lives and businesses are disrupted, but this wasn't caused by the Protesters. The Protesters aren't the ones who shut down the internet that has paralyzed your businesses and banks: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who initiated the military curfew that limited your movement and allowed goods to disappear off market shelves and gas to disappear: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who ordered the police to withdraw and claimed the prisons were breached and unleashed thugs that terrorized your neighborhoods: The government did. The same government that you wish to give a second chance to, as if 30 years of dictatorship and utter failure in every sector of government wasn't enough for you. The Slaves were ready to forgive their master, and blame his cruelty on those who dared to defy him in order to ensure a better Egypt for all of its citizens and their children. After all, he gave us his word, and it's not like he ever broke his promises for reform before or anything.

Then Mubarak made his move and showed them what useful idiots they all were.

You watched on TV as "Pro-Mubarak Protesters" – thugs who were paid money by NDP members by admission of High NDP officials- started attacking the peaceful unarmed protesters in Tahrir square. They attacked them with sticks, threw stones at them, brought in men riding horses and camels- in what must be the most surreal scene ever shown on TV- and carrying whips to beat up the protesters. And then the Bullets started getting fired and Molotov cocktails started getting thrown at the Anti-Mubarak Protesters as the Army standing idly by, allowing it all to happen and not doing anything about it. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured, and there was no help sent by ambulances. The Police never showed up to stop those attacking because the ones who were captured by the Anti-mubarak people had police ID's on them. They were the police and they were there to shoot and kill people and even tried to set the Egyptian Museum on Fire. The Aim was clear: Use the clashes as pretext to ban such demonstrations under pretexts of concern for public safety and order, and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt. But their plans ultimately failed, by those resilient brave souls who wouldn't give up the ground they freed of Egypt, no matter how many live bullets or firebombs were hurled at them. They know, like we all do, that this regime no longer cares to put on a moderate mask. That they have shown their true nature. That Mubarak will never step down, and that he would rather burn Egypt to the ground than even contemplate that possibility.

In the meantime, State-owned and affiliated TV channels were showing coverage of Peaceful Mubarak Protests all over Egypt and showing recorded footage of Tahrir Square protest from the night before and claiming it's the situation there at the moment. Hundreds of calls by public figures and actors started calling the channels saying that they are with Mubarak, and that he is our Father and we should support him on the road to democracy. A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. She claimed that AlJazeera is lying, and that the only people in Tahrir square now were Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. State TV started issuing statements on how the people arrested Israelis all over Cairo engaged in creating mayhem and causing chaos. For those of you who are counting this is an American-Israeli-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood-Iranian-Hamas conspiracy. Imagine that. And MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT. I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

Now, just in case this isn't clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it's one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won't say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay "because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people". This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can't allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn't over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak's gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

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246 Responses to “Egypt, right now!”

  1. ozay today Says:

    hey ive been following you this whole time on twitter thanks for the updates , much love from the USA

  2. Faisal Says:

    Mubarak and his dogs will be made to pay through the sacrifice of all the Egyptians who gave their lives and risked their personal safety for the good of the whole country.

  3. Tor Says:

    And from Norway

  4. Susan Says:

    Sorry I could not afford to give you a little more – but I did want you to know how much so many of us care about what happens to you.

  5. snufkin Says:

    I’ve been following you on twitter too. Don’t give up. The world is watching.

  6. Steve Says:

    Following u on twitter – retweeting to my small list of followers. Keep your head high – we are with you in spirit!

  7. peripeton Says:

    Do not be deterred. All conscious humans of this planet are with you, behind you and are inspired by you. You are writing history. Not Egypt history; world history. This is the first leaderless revolution of all times. Keep it this way and you will prevail, we will prevail.

    You will see that in a few weeks the wind of freedom will be blowing in the whole area.

  8. CWKhalil Says:

    Stay Strong !!! …. You Have Our Support !!!
    Don’t you dare give up !!!

  9. Linda Says:

    your all heroes.
    I wanted to tell you that the world doesnt seem to buy his plan. In media there are alot of people describing the pro-mubarak people just as you do, they seem to see who they really are – the police and people that are being payed to support mubarak. I do what i can to spread the word, and i hope you feel the worlds support for you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for doing this – and the updates here!
    love from Sweden

  10. JoeSchmoe Says:

    Keep up the good work, and know this, the whole entire world is watching and can see mubarak for the decrepit, pathetic, coward that he is. His checkmate is imminent, stay strong! I’m not sure how I can help from so far away, but somehow you guys need to win over the armies foot soldiers. They WILL be on your side, you can see that they’re sympathetic to your cause. Fight the regime smarter!

  11. aat Says:

    the world commends you and the whole pro democrats for a job well done, although the fight for freedom is not yet through, Egypt will have it soon…yesterday’s turmoil was Mubarak’s last desperate move…don’t give up..the world is praying for the goodness and stability in Egypt.

  12. Raf Says:

    Great read and fhe people must not allow mubarak to lead for another day. We are having our own protest here in atlanta in front of the cnn head quarters saturday. I’ve been following this unlike anything before in my life. -a bangladeshi pro democry 4 egupt supporter from atlanta, usa.

  13. The Dajanis Says:

    My husband and I have been following you and others on twitter since last Friday.. we’ve been practically glued to our couch with our laptop, smartphones and AlJazeera on too LOL. I always tell people I’m Palestinian (my husband is, and i’m just a wannabe lol) but since January 25 I am proud to tell people I am Egyptian. We so wished to be there with you guys, but it’s because of the Egyptian corrupt regime my husband is not allowed to enter Egypt *sigh* anyway…Allah m3akum ya shabab musr!

    Love and Peace

    Dajani’s, The Netherlands

  14. Beth Says:

    I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

    I feel the same way about a bunch of my friends based on the bullshit they’re taking as fact, too. Go figure. People believe what they want to believe, I guess. It’s easier than challenging one’s own preconceptions.

    You’re in my prayers, my dear friend; I am in awe of your courage. I’m also worried sick about you!!! Please try to at least take a little time to get a little sleep, you can do that, right? You’ll be stronger for this struggle if you have had some rest, and there are too many people who really do give a shit about you and what you’re doing – but mostly about YOU. So be careful, okay? I don’t even like to say it, but you know, I’d like for you to be around to enjoy what I fervently pray are the GOOD results of all this work. xoxoxo

  15. American Says:

    “A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. ”

    If someone can distribute this clip and subtitle it, Mubarak will lose his international support.

  16. Rania Says:

    good luck our Arab brothers… you are heroes… take care and stand for what you believe in… forgive us .. the rest of the Arabs for watching you die!!! but hope that we too will become as fearless as you…
    Allah ye7mekom ya ab6al

  17. Margie Nelsen Says:

    Prayers are with you for safety and victory. May Jesus watch over you.

  18. hidup sihat Says:

    Your twitter updates are greatly appreciated. Stand strong SandMonkey, stand strong Egypt. For today, we are all Egyptians. Mubarak will go down.

    -Love, Malaysian.

  19. Kim Says:

    Stay safe, don’t give up, the momentum has started and will lead to greater freedoms.

  20. CS Says:

    LONG LIVE THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION! Hearing Egyptians saying they are willing to die for freedom is beyond inspiring. Millions of Americans (including me) are with you too.

  21. InZenith Says:

    Don’t give up the fight. Now is the time for every democrat, freedom loving person in Egypt to go out on the streets.

    Don’t stop till you win. We stand in solidarity, here in Greece.

  22. Dalia ALkassar Says:

    I wish i was with you. God bless you man! much respect and love.

  23. Yossi Gurvitz Says:

    I kiss the dust beneath your feet.

  24. Shahla Says:

    Thank you so much for updating us! I just want you to know that we are all watching and supporting you! Many of us here in Azerbaijan are watching you day and night live, sending and forwarding posts, signing petitions to support you. I am sorry that there’s not much we can do for you now. Stay strong and don’t give up! The world’s heart is beating with you!

  25. BanglarPain Says:

    Don’t give up! We had our independence in 1971 when the rest of the world was against us. Millions died but we didn give up. Make history!

    Love from Bangladesh

  26. Geoff from Mississippi Says:

    Keep the faith, my brother! Praying for you all! God be with you!

  27. David Says:

    Canada Supports you! Prayers with you all! Revolution a-waits!

  28. truus Says:

    thanks for everything, the family of my husband lives in Cairo, next the other media I read also your twitter, and now i know whats happening overthere.

    again thanks.

    greetings from holland

  29. Camillia Says:

    I am an American, but my father is Egyptian. He was out on the streets in 77 protesting against Sadat and left for the US when Mubarak took power in 81, fed up with corruption and tired of the political apathy amongst the people. He has always instilled within me pride for his homeland and this past week, I have felt that pride swell within my heart – I am so proud to be Egyptian! I am incredibly inspired by your bravery and your willingness to fight for something that, as an American, I take for granted every day. Please do not give up this fight!!!

    It absolutely heart breaking that people are so easily fooled by Mubarak’s games – some of my own cousins have taken the “we just want things to go back to normal” stance. How can people so easily give up, when so many people have lost their lives? What they can’t seem to understand is it WILL NEVER go back to normal, and they should be grateful that it won’t. I am praying for the safety of the incredibly brave protesters in Tahrir – but I am praying even harder that you won’t ever give up. You deserve the basic human rights granted to all Americans – you deserve democracy!

  30. 29Victor Says:

    Demanding freedom for a couple of days and then giving up after a little violence and a few sweet words? Disgusting. No free country became free without hard work, determination, sacrifice and blood.

    Thank you so much for your work Sandmonkey, but your fellow citizens are unworthy of you. Slaves? They are indeed, and worse they are children – running back to the safety of the daddy who beats them. And fools, wanting the blessings of freedom without earning them.

    We prayed for your people tonight in church. The entire free world is praying for you. We’ve been looking on the Egyptian people with respect and awe, but if they give up now, we’ll know that they were only angry children and not who we thought they were at all.

  31. Tom Lievens Says:

    I’m following your blog and your tweets. I can only express my support and at the same time my anger for the way these events take place. I’m writing the last two days my columns in a Belgian paper basing me on al Jazeera and your info. Keep up the spirits. I go on spreading your cause and words.


  32. Mona Says:

    I just want to say to each and every word: FUCK YEAH! I agree 100% with every word written. Stay strong and fight–we are behind you.

  33. or bareket Says:

    keep it up!

  34. Lobna Says:

    I’m in tears…speechless…

    Just to say we know man, we understand, you are not alone.

    From Istanbul

  35. Jonathan Levy Says:

    I’m also part of the large crowd following you on twitter.

    Please remember to take care of yourself, Sandmonkey. It is a noble thing to struggle against tyranny, but even a noble cause has both necessary risks and foolish risks.

    Take care of yourself.

  36. nasron qadem Says:

    ala ina nasra allahi qareeb. keep your head high.Our prayers for you..

  37. Shereef Says:

    I have always hated you man when I used to blog, we differ on many things and I am not really your biggest fan, BUT and this is a huge but here, this post rocks. And those who want to believe the Egypt TV shit are nothing but scared little beings.

  38. Tom Says:

    Keep it up – you’re doing an amazing job

  39. Terry Says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story with the world as it is truly inspiring. The people of your revolution are in our thoughts and prayers.

    True democracy should be feared by the government as it gives its citizens something powerful, a voice. It is worth fighting for, worth dying for. Be safe.

  40. Jan Says:

    As so many others i have been following you on Twitter and i am deeply sympathetic with your cause. Keep fighting and you shall prevail.
    Support from Germany.

  41. California Nana Says:

    Most people recognize the truth when they see it. Thank you for your honest and heartfelt account. Eyes all over the world are on you, hearts and minds are with you, wishing you victory and freedom. None of us know how this will turn out, but know now that you have already made a difference in the world. Truly, this is amazing.

  42. kathy Says:

    Have been following you guys to some degree for a while, 24/7 since last week. Please know that the world supports you even if our govts don’t. You have already made history.
    Rabenna ma ek…

  43. Anonymous Says:

    “and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt.” – probably meant “unity” and not “disunity” here, right?

    Other than that, good luck, whereever you are, brave and peaceful demonstrators!

    PS: Also, when you get some time, you might want to rethink your blogrolling of Pamela Geller and Gatewaypundit.

  44. canuckuk Says:

    Much love and support to the Egyptian people. You are very inspirational and have my complete respect. Stay brave. X

  45. Michael Handy Says:

    Posting from Australia. We can do little from so far away, but we are running Tor nodes, protesting in solidarity, and writing our representatives. We can only image what it must be like in a country where all services have been paralysed, to have little food and to have to stay awake to protect your homes. But you must continue, the world is with you, and should you succeed in securing your freedom, the whole middle east will follow you. Every ordinary person is cheering you on, and every Dictator and Kleptocrat is shaking in fear of your victory.

  46. opinionatedhijabi Says:

    Sandmonkey… I found your blog years ago… perhaps 2005. I’ve laughed, disagreed, and looked forward to your posts.

    I never loved you more than today. Take care, keep letting us know. thanks for the blogs… over & over speaking your mind.

    My heart is with you. I can’t sleep, I’m not sure how I can go to class when Egypt is so torn… But I do, and I’m with you all the way. We’re talking about Egytp on the bus, on the train, at the coffee shop, in the university and everywhere.

    Thank you & take care… I’m looking forward to you next post.

  47. caroline Says:

    big up from germany!

    all my love and support,


  48. Who-sane Says:

    Indeed, a very moving post. I hope you guys are all ok there.

    You’re all setting an example for how democracy in the Middle East should be. Apologize for stating the obvious here, but the result of what you guys have done, and continue to do, is immense!

    You are not just setting records straight in Egypt, it’s the entire region that’s watching close and taking notes! One can only wish he’s part of this and I can contribute to this historic event.

    Raise your head up high Egyptians. True protagonists. True heroes.

  49. Sean D Says:

    Courage my friends.. Courage.. the world is watching you

  50. slappymcgroundout (Paul) Says:

    Thanks for the update. Hang in there my friend. And be as safe as you can, circumstance permitting. You know what I mean.

    Let me leave you with:

    If you are to be a flower,
    then be one that always faces the sun
    If you want to be a rock,
    then try to be a precious stone
    And if it is a bird that inspires you,
    then by all means be a white dove
    But if you are to be a real human being,
    then you must become a revolutionary.

  51. Agape Says:

    Thank you for your commitment to non violence, your commitment to freedom and democracy for your people, all people. I am “elder” in the United States; and am not proud of the part our government and the multinational weapons industry has played in funding the government of Mubarak. These elder patriarchs are grasping to hold onto their power, and have no concern for the well being or the future of all people. I support what you present as your values. I will pray for your safety, and the safety of all of the youth who are standing with you. The future is yours, and you will inherit the world we are leaving you. Be brave and stay the course, knowing elders such as myself feel hope in your actions. I will do what I can to support you.

  52. Tommy Funebo Says:

    It is of course deeply tragic with unnecessary suffering and death on the streets of al-Q?hira, but an important question needs to be addressed right now: Is Egypt better off with president Mubarak or being run by Al-Ikhw?n Al-Muslim?n?

    There were a lot of well founded grievances and democratic sentiments in Iran 1979 too. Socialists, democrats, royalists, feminists and many other have since then perished in the many thousands in prisons in that country ever since that time. The geopolitical implications have been monumental.

    Vestigia terrent.

  53. yona Says:

    Keep the good work and keep safe

  54. yona Says:

    Keep the good work and keep safe

  55. Tommy Funebo Says:

    It is of course deeply tragic with unnecessary suffering and death on the streets of al-Q?hira, but an important question needs to be addressed right now: Is Egypt better off with president Mubarak or being run by Al-Ikhw?n Al-Muslim?n?

    There were a lot of well founded grievances and democratic sentiments in Iran 1979 too. Socialists, democrats, royalists, feminists and many other have since then perished in the many thousands in prisons in that country ever since that time. The geopolitical implications have been monumental.

    Vestigia terrent.

  56. Wael Says:

    mubarak’s regime is corrupt. the people sending thugs to attack the protestors are from this regime. the stupid girl on al mehwar talking about being trained by jews in usa is hired by the regime. no doubt about all that.

    however, i am also convinced that staying in tahrir until mubarak is out isn’t the solution.

    the regime is not mubarak alone, it is a group of hundreds of people who will not disappear in one day (or week). it has to be done gradually.

    mubarak promised infront of the whole world that he will not run for presidency again…unlike many promises he did before, this one can’t be broken since the whole world witnessed it and 7 months won’t be enough time for them to forget…he is too old anyways and it might have been possible that he wasn’t gonna run in the first place and was preparing gamal for presidency…gamal is out of the question completely today as well as all the other NDP heads, the egyptians hate the NDP today more than ever.

    staying in tahrir until mubarak leaves isn’t a practical solution because the regime will still be in control after he is gone. and asking for the whole regime to be replaced today isn’t practical either because the egyptian people aren’t united as they were before 25th of january. the majority of the egyptian people are pleased with mubarak’s last speech and want him to stay until the elections and then get out of here. the majority of the egyptian people think this will keep the country more stable since mubarak’s successor isn’t obvious yet. we think that if mubarak’ whole regime is gone today people will be divided between the Muslim Brotherhood, AlBaradei, Amr Moussa, or other politicians. I assure you if elections were made today and mubarak wasn’t running for presidency then the muslim brotherhood are gonna win hands down. they are united, unlike the rest of the egyptian public who’s votes will be divided upon the rest of the candidates leaving the MB with the highest vote count.

    that’s not what we want.

    we want a chance for more candidates to appear on to the scene because frankly, today they all suck. this will only happen if people get a chance to prepare for the elections. i.e. to accept mubarak’s last speech which pleases most of his opposition as well as his supporters.

  57. Martin Says:

    Have been skipping work the past 4 days, living with al jazeeras webstreaming. I wish the rest of the world could do more, and did more, to help you.

    Getting the government state TV propaganda out to the rest of the world would indeed be a good thing, to completely show even people in denial in the rest of the world what is really going on.
    I followed the Iranian youth uprising of 2009 closely as well, and all I can say is that it is becoming old. The dictatorships suppression of especially the arabic/middle eastern youths aspirations for living a better life, free of oppression and random arrest, beating, rape and torture, are commendable.
    I also believe the autocrats are fighting a losing battle due to the demographic situation throughout the region.

    I do not believe in a God, but I sincerely wish that you are reinforced today by thousands upon thousands of people, and that the at least low level officers of the military on site start having a little bit of courage and forcefully protect your right to peaceful demonstrations, which they no doubt have born witness to this past time. They should no doubt in their mind who’s doing what.

    Deep sympathies, truly in awe of your courage.

    Keep yourselves on the defensive, someone manage to get out some state TV propaganda and I hope the rest of the Internet audience take care of spreading your message and making sure their governments understand what’s going on, and give you whatever support that you require.

    Peace from Sweden!

  58. Martin Says:

    Correction: “The dictatorships suppression of especially the arabic/middle eastern youths aspirations for living a better life, free of oppression and random arrest, beating, rape and torture, are deplorable.” (of course, tired, about to fall asleep).

  59. Simone Says:

    Don’t worry, the rest of the world is not buying Mubaraks shit, people in Germany start calling him “Nero” for burning his own country.

    Keep it up, you are so brave!

    Love from germany

  60. Anonymous Says:

    I totally support you. My brother works in the Kasr El Ainy hospital. He has told me about terrible things that he has seen and that are not shown in the news. This situation is terrible. Some of the injured looters confessed having been paid 50 euros and having been given a blanket and a meal to do all this.

  61. mangar Says:

    See you at the other side of the revolution. :)
    Your passion for freedom is truly inspiring.
    Godspeed and be safe.

    mangar (israel)

  62. getachew Says:

    i hope you will be the one and the first to feel the taste of wind of freedom …. go ahead ! stand well , this is getachew in ethiopia

  63. Hamma47 Says:

    Your are one of those brave hearts of which one day Egypt and all Arabs will be very proud of. Believe me that! Sooner or later!
    During the Jasmine Revolution In Tunisia we have been repeating what our famous brave heart poet Abou Alkasem Achabbi during the french occupation wrote:”When people love to live in dignity, destiny would have to obey!” Much true. All the very very best to you all, fighters for freedom and dignity!

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  65. Rechavia Berman Says:

    Thanks for the twitter updates. You and Sultan al-Qassemi and Mona al-Tahawi are performing better journalism than all the high paid fuckwads from the networks. Thanks for your courage. I’m an Israeli and I want Egypt to have its freedom. I for one am not afraid of a free Egypt.

  66. Rhea Says:

    We in South Africa are behind you brave men and women in Egypt!
    Stay strong and fight for the democracy you so deserve!

  67. Anna Says:

    Hang in there Sandmonkey – Perhaps not all hope is lost. I think Mubarak showed his hand too fast yesterday – it looks like he panicked.
    We were giddy with joy Tuesday night, now we are thinking of you and trying to make sure our media and politicians don’t stop paying attention.

    Oh and Sandmonkey – hope you have good contingency plans in case of arrest.

    Btw do pol know if Mubaraks sonny is in London? If so is his address really 35 Wilton place? Might be paying him a small visit then so that he doesn’t feel too welcome.

  68. Katie Says:

    And in Australia, I am watching you too. Good luck.

  69. Kári Says:

    Solidarity from iceland!

  70. Mahmoud A. Says:

    Your stalwart support for change and revolution is inspiring to all of us in the United States. We are seeing a new dawn, a new day, and Egypt shall be FREE.

    You are in my dua’s and I will do all that I can to support you. Egypt *SHALL* be FREE.

    Tahya Masr! Tahya Masr!

    Mahmoud A.

  71. Pope Epopt Says:

    Huge admiration here in Ireland for the courage and tenacity of the Egyptians. We try to get the word out. Some reports here that the army is turning against Mubarak.

  72. Zer0_II Says:

    Greetings from the United States. I also wanted you to know that the rest of the world is watching the situation that is going on Egypt. I have been watching Al Jazeera almost non-stop, attempting to gain a better understanding of the situation. I hope that you succeed in finally pushing the tyrant out of power on Friday. To be honest I do not understand why you didn’t march to the presidential palace after you had managed to gather roughly 2 million people. This is the disadvantage of a leaderless revolution in my opinion. A strong leader would have recognized the fact that the movement had reached a critical point, and momentum was on the side of the protesters. It is obvious that Mubarak is not simply going to leave on his own accord. You must force him to act. You have already faced live ammunition, clubs, knives, and fire, and have certainly paid a heavy price already. If you do not want those sacrifices to have been in vain, then you need to deliver the final blow to Mubarak. The rest of the world can only do so much. We can hope, pray and support you in every way we know how, but we can not act for you. Egyptians need to stand up and take their freedom. It will not be an easy fight, that is for sure, but it will be worth it for those living in Egypt now, as well as the generations to come.

  73. jhfuwg35tgev43 Says:

    People around the world are sympathetic to the Egyptians’ desire for economic and political freedom.

    It might be helpful to you if you had stronger international support – more pressure on mubarak from other nations. If you can tell the world what your goals are, it might help you get more of that support.

    You want Mubarak to step down. Is that all? Why do you expect his replacement to be better and not worse?

    Do you want a new constitution for Egypt? Do you expect the Muslim brotherhood to give you economic and political freedom after they hijack your revolution? How do you plan to prevent the Muslim brotherhood from taking over?

    Also, do the Egyptian people understand that the economic problems of Egypt are the lack of economic freedom. To become wealthy people have to have the freedom the start businesses, to export, to import, and to hire and fire workers, to set prices according to market forces.

    Instead of protesting Mubarak why don’t you demand a something he might be willing to do – that he give Egyptians economic freedom, rather than something he won’t do – giving up personal power?

    Your article here sounds like you just have a personal grudge against Mubarak. Maybe that is justified but if you want the rest of the world to support you, you need to explain what you plan to happen after Mubarak goes.

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  75. Olaf Says:

    Go in peace. Be the change.

  76. goblinbox Says:

    Stay safe, keep it up, I am thinking of you all every single day, and telling everyone who will listen what’s happening there. US media is covering the situation poorly (as it always does with int’l news) but we have access to information if we only look for it. Many of us are with you in spirit.

  77. Simsim Says:

    All I can say is you’re a national hero. PLEASE don’t give up. I really wish I could donate more. You’re an inspiration to the entire world and this is the stage of the revolution that matters the most. It’s a crossroads most of the successful and unsuccessful ones take. The future of Egypt is still in your hands.

  78. JoeSettler Says:

    We in Israel are hoping and praying that Egypt transitions into a free democracy and that you can soon direct your own destinies.

    But, we are admittedly worried that Egypt will follow in the footsteps of the Iranian revolution, and the transition will turn Egypt into another Iran/Hamas-style fundamentalist-Islam controlled state; or just as bad, that the transition won’t include elections, but simply a transfer of power over to the Muslim Brotherhood and ElBaradai.

    Liberty and good luck to you.

  79. The Eclectic Chapbook Says:

    Tahrir Square Geeks…

    …they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery……

  80. Angela Natividad Says:

    You’re right that this is a battle for the soul of your country. Keep fighting.

  81. Pete Quily Says:

    Keep up the great work you’re doing. Many are following you. Many support you. Many are inspired by you and other Egyptians who are laying their lives on the line for their freedom.

    If you ever get discouraged here’s an inspirational video.

  82. Pete Quily Says:

    Sorry link didn’t get through first time.

    If you ever get discouraged here’s an inspirational video

  83. ellen Says:

    God bless you and the world-shaking courage of all the brave men and women in Tahrir square. You have already changed history. The poets across the world are already singing your praise. May you be victorious. Respect and love from Ireland.

  84. Wade Says:

    Good luck – from the Philippines

  85. mona Says:

    I was supposed to be in Cairo m´now but all flights were cancelled! We are with you with every breath!! DON’T GIVE UP! Ta7ya Masr!

  86. Hugo Says:

    People all over the world are learning what real heros look like: they sit on a square in Egypt, are attacked and ambushed by rocks, sticks, swords, guns and firebombs with one message: we get up if you step down. Want to let you know that people in Holland are watching you, and support you with whole their hearts! Dont give up. May more people be as brave as you, bring this message to the people on the square!

  87. Ashraf Al Shafaki Says:

    I am Egyptian living in Cairo. Although I am no fan of Mubarak, yet cannot see how the scenario of ‘winning’ the battle in Tahrir square can proceed. If the battle in Tahrir square is won then who will be president? By elections? OK, how can we make the elections? Elections through the Egyptian constitution? This is bad, because the current Egyptian constitution does not allow but a restricted set of people to run in the elections. The option would thus then be to change the current Egyptian constitution. This can be done either by making some changes to the current constitution, which Mubarak has actually gave orders to do in his las speech, or the remaining option would be to scrap the current Egyptian constitution all together and build a new one from scratch. While this last option might seem attractive to some (or to many), it might not be practically that simple. Who is going to decide on the new constitution given that the current so called ‘revolution’ has no specific leader? Revolutions have a leader around which people gather, the current demonstrations do not have a unified leader.

    Bottom line: Although I am not a supporter of Mubarak coming for a next term, nor was I a big fan of him in his previous terms, yet I am with the opinion that says we should back off from Tahrir square now to avoid any blood baths due to clashes between Egyptians. I would like to make it clear to those who are far from Egypt that after Mubarak’s last speech SO many Egyptian have accepted his speech and the changes he mentioned and are against continuing the Tahrir demonstrations. I am just mentioning this so others would know what is really happening in Egypt now, there is a BIG divide in opinion. Between almost any group of friends you will find supporters and others against Mubarak after listening to his last speech. By the way, I am not a government official nor am I affiliated with the government in any way I am just an Egyptian like many others who want peace and stability for the country and sees the way out in a different way that that proposed by Sandmonkey.

  88. Mahmood Al-Yousif Says:

    I’m with you in heart and spirit my friend. Keep being strong. Victory is no longer illusive.

    All the best from Bahrain.

  89. LIVE: Egypten (03.02.2011) | Says:

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  90. siriA, Thailand Says:

    My best wishes are with you.
    May your people be rewarded, for such brave fighting, with glorious victory soon.

    I’m following you, pls keep us update.
    Thank you

  91. Blog of the week: Egypt, right now - Bikya Masr Says:

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  92. Egypt today : Modpress Says:

    [...] Sandmonkey skriver: we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak’s departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime’s ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn’t nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today. [...]

  93. Dee Says:

    Following you on twitter as well.. you’re one person in body carrying hundreds with you in spirit. Cheers from Jordan.

  94. Jane Says:

    Thank you Sandmonkey. There’s hope for us all when there are people willing to stand up to tyrants. Everyone everywhere should be in front of Egyptian embassies and consulates in solidarity with the opponents of Mubarak.

  95. Egyptain from Germany Says:

    Thanks for your post…Alhamdullilah there are still enough people with the same opinion…I really hope that all the demonstrations and all the suffer was not for nothing…If the egyptains stop now, then it will be all the same again…I support you…I pray for you…I’m with you all the way…Rabina ma3akum…Victory for Egypt! Ta7ya Masr!

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  98. Andre Says:

    This is by fat the best thing I have seen written about this revolution. You make be proud to be an Egyptian, just to be associated with you and the rest of our people. You brought tears to my eyes, not just tears of rage at the injustice of the dictatorship, but about the stupidity of our fellow citizens. But don’t blame them, they are victims of the regime in a manner no less severe than the our fallen brethren. Those who gave their life to the revolution lost their lives. Those who are now afraid of it have lost their dignity. We are with you in spirit and in action: support, donations, pressure, you name it and smart, resourceful, powerful, and honorable Egyptians overseas will stand behind you.

    P.S. If I was a chick I would marry you!

  99. Jane Says:

    Robert Fisk of “The Independent” has reported this:
    “President” Hosni Mubarak’s counter-revolution smashed into his opponents yesterday in a barrage of stones, cudgels, iron bars and clubs, an all-day battle in the very centre of the capital he claims to rule between tens of thousands of young men, both – and here lies the most dangerous of all weapons – brandishing in each other’s faces the banner of Egypt. It was vicious and ruthless and bloody and well planned, a final vindication of all Mubarak’s critics and a shameful indictment of the Obamas and Clintons who failed to denounce this faithful ally of America and Israel.

  100. yousef Says:

    i am a palestinian film maker living in france,i fought for plaestine free in a free arabe world oll my life and theses scenes i so in the Tahrir look like amasingly like the one from the fierst intifada,witch was against our zionest occuper`israel`.i understand that your battel for democracy and freedom is mine,the shortest way to out this bloody regime is stick on your determination.I am worning you of from your medias papets and so called artistes`Mohammed Sobhi`en ocurence i heard him in the the tv regime that he understod the domistraters and now its time to go home becouse somebady eals will taks care of Egypt`in an ather word Hosni ,he is not a free artist with a soul he is ofter mony thats all.
    I would like to thank you for this revolution becouse it will bring people together again and bush them taward a noble objective .
    Good luck people of MASER

  101. Remy Says:

    Egypt has changed forever for the better.

  102. avemos Says:

    You are making history and already did. I am proud again to be an Arab thanks to you. You prooved again that Egypt is the heart of the Arab world and it will remain so. Thank you, thank you. Keep the fight.

  103. Farida Says:

    When I read your blog on Bikya Masr, then visited your blog, it was to me like discovering a gem. You are a real Hero like all others who are with you, and I swear to God, that if I was in Egypt, I was going to be there at the Tahrir Square. Stay safe and God bless.xx

  104. yogi Says:

    What a moving, inspiring post. i admire your courage, Sandmonkey. I hope and pray that you, and all Egypt, win freedom at the end of all this.
    The Egyptian people deserve so much better than a lousy, corrupt and repressive dictatorship.
    Good luck!

  105. Nils Stauch Says:

    @ Ashraf
    I’m obviously neither Egyptian nor in Cairo. I agree with Ashraf that Reforms have to be undertaken and that those Reforms can not be made without Government and NDP participation, because the NDP is the Egyptian state. BUT the question is do you really trust Mubarak to do so after all these years and so so many broken promises?

    Ones the revolutionary leave tahrir square the pressure on Mubarak is gone and he can restore his power ones again. For who will stop him ones the people left the street. When the people in tahrir leave before Mubarak does so, the chance for change is over.

    The best solution in my eyes now is the following: First Mubarak steps down because that will ensure change. Second a Government of National Unity is formed, in which NDP an Opposition groups are represented and work on a constitutional Reform to ensure free and fair elections in the future. Third the military takes a neutral position, supervises the reform process and ensures by doing so stability in Egypt.

    But therefore it is necessary that a Dialog is initiated. And it is necessary to show Mubarak a perspective to leave and keep is face. By which I mean a promise of political amnesty. Because as long as he has to fear persecution and maybe even a death penalty he will fight to his last breath. He said he wants to die in Egypt. Give him the chance to do so. Promise him that he can leave and live happily ever after. Because than leaving is a perspective. As long as his options are fighting for his presidency or surrender himself to the will and judgement of the protesters he will fight like the brave soldier he thinks he is.

    This is my unqualified opinion.

  106. Egyptian army tries to keep order in protests | Netmax Websolutions Articles Says:

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  107. Queen O'Danile Says:

    “I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.” Brilliant, and as usual, spot on. Thank you for everything you are doing on behalf of freedom.

  108. Red Says:

    Love from the U.S.A!

    And to those saying people should ‘wait until the election’; NO.

    What do ANY of you honestly think will be gained by that? You really think things will change once he leaves? That a successor that meets with Mubarak’s approval won’t be picked and singled out for election? ANY successor picked by the current government will just continue where Mubarak left off. And you will have the SAME PROBLEMS as before. If not WORSE.

    Let’s be perfectly honest; the elections in Egypt are a joke. Anyone that is touted by the government will NO DOUBT be Mubarak 2.0. And NOTHING will change and we’ll have to go through this mess all over again. 30 years of an oppressive regime and people are getting soppy and weak-kneed over a carefully coordinated speech? Something so clearly a ruse in an effort to use this time until the election to hunt down anyone and everyone who opposed Mubarak and make examples of them to keep the people in line?

    The fight for our rights and freedom is never easy. In fact, it’s downright messy and even scary. But if you’re not willing to fight for it, how can you expect things to change? Our rights as human beings are NON-NEGOTIABLE.

    We can’t let fear of the unknown stop us from acting on what we know is right.

  109. Carsten Agger Says:


    I haven’t commented on this blog for loooong time, but I’m here to tell you that


    Keep up the good work and you have NO IDEA what inspiration this means to the outside world. All the best, and down with Mubarak.

  110. lirun Says:

    incredible work.. you are making history..

    blog about what we can do and say that will support you..

    if there is anything let us know..

    peace shalom salam

  111. jules Says:

    I live in the bush in Australia half a world away. You are inspiring, awesome and I wish I was there with you. But its your fight. I just want you to know you aren’t alone, and half a world away there are people willing you all to hold on and stay strong. Mubarak is fucked, gone. He is finished if you can stand your ground.
    I wish there was something we could do beside sit here watching Al J live and praying or whatever it is for you brave Egyptians.
    Just hang in there.

  112. Adam B. Says:

    Good luck to you all, although I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time before Mubarak sucumbs to the preasure, both domestic and international, and takes the last plane to Riyadh…

    Looking forward to seeing what you Egyptians will do with your newly won freedom!

    Stay safe!

  113. Roman Kalik Says:

    Stay strong and stay safe, Sam. And don’t let one man or one small group of people define the rest of your lives. If you still have a chance to grasp for freedom do so – but better start planning for the future, too.

  114. Anonymous Says:

    Sisters and Brothers in Tahrir Square,
    Sisters and Brothers of Egypt.

    We wish we could be there with you and everywhere else where human beings are faced with repression, fear, violence and suffering at the hands of their governments. Our thoughts, prayers, and minds are with you. The courage you demonstrate in your struggle is a lesson to us all. The world is behind you. Whilst we cannot be with you in the flesh and blood to suffer as you do, we want to make sure you know that you are not alone.

    Rest assured your fight is not in vain. Your President has shown the world his true face today. President Mubarak might have his law behind him, but there is something above all laws: Truth. Your truth has been suppressed for far too long, beaten into the ground through the use of secret police, torture, and many similarly deplorable tactics that we are witnessing today at the Tahrir Square and all over Egypt. But nothing can quell your voice, not any more, and certainly not Mubarak and his gang for hire.
    You demonstrated your power today standing your ground against the thugs of Mubarak. Of course, you don’t know what the future will be, but you know what it should be. You demonstrated your resolve in Tahrir square and in all the streets of Egypt, and if you were able to stand your ground today you will be able to stand your ground tomorrow, and the day after that. On Friday you will march, and there will be no one able to stop you. As you stand united, you are sending a message to all who would seek to rob your country through corruption.

    The rest of the world follows the events in Egypt with great hope. The Arab world is showing all citizens the strength and the value of what Mankind really is about. While our governments hesitate to show solid support for your actions, know that your sisters and brothers in the digital world stand beside you in that square. We will never leave you behind, we are here for you.

    Your voice is being heard. Today you are not only fighting for Egypt. You are fighting for all of Mankind. And Mankind sides with you. We are you, you are us. Together we are Anonymous.

    Yours faithfully,

    We are Anonymous.
    We are Legion.
    We do not forgive.
    We do not forget.
    We love you.
    Expect us.

  115. Anonymous Says:

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  116. Beirut Spring: Sandmonkey On Events In Egypt Says:

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  117. RuthR Says:

    Many people around the world are with you, even if the “leaders” are cynical.

    From Jerusalem


  118. Ryan Says:

    You are all heroes to this American — keep fighting and you *will* get your freedom. The night becomes darkest before dawn. And may dawn come soon!

  119. ellen Says:

    Rally the world for Sandmonkey, just read this on twitter:
    RamyYaacoub I just called @SandMonkey ‘s phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your cunt friend is arrested 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  120. Liz Says:

    Informing everyone that 2 sources have now reported that Sandmonkey has been arrested. My heart is with him and the Egyptian people right now.

  121. EL Says:

    Support for brave pro-democracy people of Egypt ! Spread the positive energy and the freedom will come soon !

    Support to you from Brussels !

  122. K.N. Says:

    The world is watching and you are all an inspiration to everyone. I don’t ever remember finding any reason to be proud to be an Arab as I am today. God Bless you and protect you all!

  123. ellen Says:

    Sandmonkey was headed to Tahrir Square in car filled with medical supplies when he was arrested, about half hour ago. See twitter @RamyYaacoub.
    Noooooo! Liberate Sandmonkey now!

  124. Annie Says:


    SMS from my friend in TAHRIR SQUARE:

    “I’m still OK WHLL. Need to launch a call on all relevant blogs & chat rooms for Egyptians in support of protest to come to Tahrir square from everywhere in Cairo & from cities & provinces to support the …protesters against government thugs & bullies. Just the mere show of number will deter them. Also a call to protesters in Alexandra, Suez & other cities to display banners of solidarity with Tahrir protesters & condemnation of Mubarak & his regime.

    If u can post this on all blogs & chat rooms as well as on CNN, BBC & all possible news agency sites it will be great! Also a call on all supporters around the world to organise peaceful demonstrations in their cities in support of the protesters, in condemnation of Mubarak & his regime & in mourning for the dead. This goes particularly for supporters living in US, France & UK.

    Please share this everywhere you can, for justice!

  125. Linda Says:

    More from Twitter :
    Breaking News: Last call made by @SandMonkey was to his father less than an hour ago in a rush to him he is being arrested.

    Breaking news: @Sandmonkey was arrested by state security. They called his father and claimed he has revolution leaflets #Egypt #Jan25

    We must help him in some way! At least by spreading the news to everyone. Mail ur newspapers etc. Please!

  126. Sphie Says:

    We love you Sandmonkey! The security monsters might have you now but you have an army of supporters behind you.

  127. Redha Haji Says:

    We support your casue and proudly stand with you in heart and spirit Sandmonkey …

    Your efforts maybe an uphill battle, but the shockwave is changeing the MENA for the better .. many are trembeling .. and some will fall ..

    Inshalla your desire for change will soon come ture … and best of all .. .. “This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt.” ..

    Standstrong .. Be Safe .. U are all in our prayers

    Your stand @ Tahrir square is now part of HISTORY .. Viva La Revolution

  128. Marillionlb Says:

    In the hope that you are safe, and may all of the freedom seeking people (especially my Egyptian brothers and sister) succeed in their quest for a dignified life.

  129. Mark (Germany) Says:

    I wish you are well, wherever they may have brought you.
    If your fight reaches its aim, it may well be worth it.

    To all those fighting for liberty and democracy:
    There’s many people here in Germany and all over Europe watching and supporting you.

  130. Caccia al blogger : invisiblearabs Says:

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  133. Adam Zettler Says:

    God Bless and God Bless the people of Egypt. Tyrants everywhere: Egypt is but a taste of what you will receive.
    Thank you Egypt for showing humanity the way. STRENGTH AND COURAGE!

  134. mark Says:

    When the ISlamists seize power in Egypt will you be happy? Great job at making an ISlamic dictatorship.

  135. nadavu Says:

    I was raised on the concept that in the middle east the choice is between a secular totalitarianism and a crazed theocracy. Please, Egypt, prove this wrong!

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  137. A German from Berlin Says:

    You are all heroes and I hope you turn the whole region around. We are all Egyptians. We are watching and our hearts are with you.

  138. Egypt unrest: Day 10 as it happened | Egypt Lokal News Says:

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  140. AtomicMonkey Says:

    We take our security and stability here in Hawaii for granted. Our political fights seem so petty compared to the real thing… compared to what you are up against over there.

    Stay safe.

  141. Egypt protests erupt in fresh violence - This is a website devoted to Breaking News - Says:

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  142. Hasib Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God protect you and rid your nation of the dictator. We are all Egyptians today.

    -from USA

  143. AtomicMonkey Hawaii Says:

    We take our freedom of speech for granted here in Hawaii, you have to fight for yours. We are lucky and you, my friend, have guts.

  144. mikey2222 Says:

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  145. Irisphant Says:

    My thoughts are with you all, stay safe!
    Love from the USA

  146. NelleChan Says:

    Mubarak’s day of departure has arrived. I hope he will keep his appointment with destiny.
    Sandmonkey, you and your fellow protestors are making history. Please keep safe. Here in Canada also, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  147. Dr. Guy Says:

    Sandmonkey- I wish you and your fellow countrymen the best of success in your quest to transform Egypt into a free and open democracy. May you succeed in your endeavors!!!

  148. Terri Says:

    Greetings from the US…I sit here so far away from what is happening in Egypt. There is not much I can do but visualize love and let one person know that I am behind the Egyptian people and the cause that you are fighting so valiantly for. My vigil is hourly, keeping all of you who are fighting the hard fight, in my thoughts. Blessed be, Sandmonkey. Keep your head held high and know there are many many people who stand behind you and you are wrapped in the bonds of the worlds love for you.

  149. ella Says:


    It is so good that your blog is once again on line and that you are OK.
    I hope in future we can read more of your thoughts on blog, and not rely only on Twitter.
    Hope your country will became the country you dream about – a democratic, economically strong, country.
    Stay safe.

  150. maria barcelona Says:

    Dear Verona, It is an honor to have read your letter. I have been lighting candles for you and your fellow heroes daily. But the true beacon of light is emanating from Cairo and all the surrounding regions.

  151. Wade Says:

    So relieved to hear you got out after your arrest. Though I’ve never met you, having followed you for a couple of years it felt like a friend was about to be beaten to death.

    If you think your anonymity has been blown, then I would have thought that you must FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY become an international celebrity VERY QUICKLY. If you have just been interviewed on BBC, CNN, AJE and all the rest it’s much more difficult for the Government to kill you, though maybe it increases the threat from unknown thugs.

    Re the situation in general. The impression one gets sitting here in the safety of the Philippines, is that Omar Sulieman is now in de facto charge of the country. One presumes that Sulieman along with Western leaders has been pleading with Mubarak to go immediately for the sake of the nation. You and others may not like the idea of Sulieman in interim charge but what are the other options: An unknown general? ElBaradei?

  152. Zu Long Says:

    Long-time lurker here. I was so surprised when you didn’t post immediately when it all got started and was wondering what happened to you. I’ve been following you on twitter since you directed us there on the 27th. It’s been amazing to practically watch the revolution happen through your eyes. Keep the faith. We’re all pulling for you.

  153. biel Says:

    I want you to know that you, and all the Egyptians, are in my thoughts. You’ve inspired Arabs all over the globe. I wish there was more I could do, but it seems I can only watch and hope.

    ~Prayers from the USA~

  154. Brynhilder Says:

    I’ve been following you on Twitter.

    In Solidarity from Arkansas, USA

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  156. Omar Says:

    Fight on! No surrender. Fight for egypt. Fight for democracy!

    Greeting from Pakistan

  157. David Says:

    Dear SandMonkey

    Been glued to Al Jazeera for the past six days. Although I’m half a world away from Egypt I can feel the pivotal moment this is for Egypt. Recently, there has been a black out of live coverage from Tahrir Square (MPs arresting journalists and all)… I guess the revolution will not be televised (at least not live).

    Good luck on Egypt’s D-Day.

  158. Adam B. Says:

    Good to see you’re back from suspension-limbo! Keep on fighting! Mubarak is history by now; focus must be on securing a proper democracy – any bids? Considering going into politics?

  159. Lily Says:

    America stands in solidarity with the pro- democratic people of Egypt…..

  160. F. Rogier Says:

    Like so many others, I am filled with admiration and love for you and your people, and I pray that they come to no harm today.

    I’m with Red (108) and Anonymous (114). Without realizing it, the people of Egypt are giving the world a lesson in so many things; bravery, courage, determination, but also, such sustained extraordinary love for one another, of a kind I think I have never seen among such a large and diverse group of humans.

    I don’t mean to judge anyone, but it must be realized that times like these will inevitably separate the “idiots”, or the weak-willed, from the strong-minded. The insecure and self-absorbed will always hide their heads or even actively try to discourage those who are able to put aside their fears for the sake of the common good. The “idiots” are not that way just because they are damaged – we all are damaged – but because they choose to fear and darkness make their decisions for them. They forget that the light also exists.

    You are wise not to listen to them. Everyone has fear and only a fool would deny it. But giving in to fear will never change a thing in this world.

    At the same time, I am also terribly concerned for your welfare, and wish that I could do so much more than simply watch from afar.

    You have already achieved victory. No matter what happens, emerge triumphant: you have set the world on fire with your passion! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  161. Omar Says:

    I am all in tears! YOU ARE NOTHING LESS THAN HEROES! you are the soul of freedom!

    Keep it up! For humanity’s sake keep it up! You are our last hope!

  162. Jenli Says:

    Brave man, go on peacefully fighting with your friends for democracy and the human rights of the Egyptian people!

    We watch Al Jazeera all the time and spread your message to the Germans.

    Take care!

  163. F. Rogier Says:

    In short: BLOG LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!!!

  164. F. Rogier Says:


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  166. Scott Says:

    Been glued to my TV and the internet here in the US. My thoughts are with you and the Egyptian people in this very difficult time. Keep up the good fight and don’t let Mubarak drag you down to his level (use violence for self-defense – but don’t initiate it against them). The protesters have the moral high-ground and all the world can see the ugly nature of the regime now. Many people here are shocked at the treatment of the foreign journalists but it is nothing new – the regime (and many others in the middle east) have been doing this to the opposition since the beginning. Good luck in your continued struggle!

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  169. Dana M. Says:

    Dear Sandmonkey
    You and all the Egyptians have given us hope.
    The Arab World changed after the 25th of Jan
    and nothing will ever be the same.

    I pray for you everyday.
    Mubarak and his regime is over.

  170. James the Scot Says:

    keep up the fight!

  171. Judi Newall Says:

    Not all Western media have been fooled, many are reporting the facts and we’re passing them on in Twitter & email. BBC, CNN, UK Guardian newspaper, New York Times, many others and also across the world those who don’t have friends or family in Egypt are still praying for your safety and following the true stories. (UK)

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  176. Hany Says:

    I’ve been following you for some years & have usually been critical in my comments. But now we stand united. May god protect you and all the people there in Tahrir.

  177. Hannah Says:

    Please, please, please…. stay safe. That’s all I ask.

  178. spliff Says:

    keep it up & stay strong.

    much lov from austria

  179. Moh Says:

    Can’t find enough or proper words to thank you.

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    Much love, prayers and thoughts of support for you and your country. -D in Virginia, USA.

  182. Daniel Says:

    As a citizen of the world my thoughts and words are with you. I am asking our president to expedite the departure of Murbarak. The people of the States are behind you and the people of Egypt.

    This is my first time reading your blog, and though it is not under the best of circumstances, I am a fan for life. I am looking forward to reading some lighthearted posts here in the near future. YOU WILL PREVAIL!!

    If you need a vacation after your help in this historic movement, I offer my home in the States for some well earned R&R. Peace and Love be with you ALL!!

    Daniel from Utah, USA

  183. skipcardoza Says:

    Please know that you have huge—huge! support from everyday folk in the US. Do not think that FOX speaks for all of us. It does not! You are an inspiration to us. A huge inspiration. Be well, and may success be yours.

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  185. jukers Says:

    Egyptians in our hearts, Americans in our souls. You’re doing God’s work. Amazing. Brilliant. We love you, man. and Thank You for letting my Dad experience this in his lifetime.

  186. Kovács Balázs Says:

    Just a response from Hungary, a country which lived in this situation in 1989.

    “The best moments of freedom”
    by János Gadó


    A Western-style democracy in the upper-middle class and the intelligentsia is a preference – maybe. But they are also split-minded, because the national / ethnic / grievance policy of civilization among them is strong. The anti-Mubarak protesters schizophrenic situation well: they see that their country is increasingly lagging behind the western world, but the values of the western world does not dare put on banner, do not want to. The Western inventions (Internet, mobile phones) organized demonstrations to demand effective governance nívójú west, the Western values, without a pro-Western authoritarian regimes in return.

    “The best moments of freedom” – thus welcomed by Fouad Ajami, the Arab history and culture of one of the best knower, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Arab world in an unprecedented tüntetéssorozatot poignant.

    Unbelievable, really – I’m afraid that will be a long time again.

    Anyone who thinks that this is the odd earthquake in Central and Eastern Europe liberated 89-year, and bring democracy to the Arab world, is – I fear – is wrong.


    For easier understanding, let us start from the domestic relations order. The Hungarian crisis of democracy today arises from the fact that significant sections of the population is extremely difficult to cope with the challenges of market economy and liberal democracy. More caring, management – but clean-limbed! – State and less freedom, they want responsibility.

    Hatványozzuk now to get the Egyptian and Hungarian válságjelenségeket (and the wider Arab) formula. Here is the millions of destitute have little chance that the welfare state without megálljanak on their feet, with the result of the state, and the lack of freedom assumed such proportions that most people already choking him. Thus, there is now in the streets demanding more freedom. This liberty, however, is extremely uneven.

    Arab countries comprising the Arab League has 22 members: there is no such a democratic country. (Lebanon alone, there are such traditions.)

    The democratic forms of power are unknown. Mass unrest, revolution, murder, inheritance, coup – these are the usual forms of regime.

    Measuring various indices of press freedom in the Arab countries are located, respectively, toward the end of the list.

    The population of thirty (forty women) percent are illiterate.

    The scientific research is almost unknown. The R / D ratio of the amount spent pánarab sizes in GDP can be expressed either by the near zero. The same is true for researchers working in the scientific sphere. (The data of the Arab Human Development Report 2010 edition are for.)

    The oppression of women in the Arab world’s real curse. Most of them are not acting in society, is off to the productive sectors through: dependents and, accordingly, virtually deprived people. In Egypt, the proportion of women holding positions of one-quarter of men, a similar proportion of their salaries. (The younger generations for a better situation, the higher the gender ratio is balanced.)

    In order to be initiated in Egypt’s economic development through market-friendly laws should be made, we should eliminate the enormous subsidies, which are the basic foodstuffs and energy carriers supported.

    But any government that dares to do that do not exist. The current protests is one of the reasons was the increase in prices of essential items – the budget can not handle the increased burden. The state-managed, inefficient economy, however, associated with corruption and nepotism. Many states, there is little freedom. The former guarantees insuring their staple of everyday, even those who do not work, abuse of power on the other hand, the small business partners and supporters of its own resources disproportionately allocated to much, and inhibits free competition in the economic development engine. And of course, along with the unfolding of liberties as well.

    Freedom and more government intervention (in the form of subsidies) – that required the demonstrators. Jordan, the latter has to be realized: Samir Rifat (has since been fired), Prime Minister, the result of post-haste promised further protests félmilliárdos subsidies, and state employees a raise.


    If the winning party in elections to the Hungarian national grievance policy, then in Egypt and the Arab world, this should also be hatványozni. It’s just that you do not mourn the lost territories of ninety years ago, but lost in a thousand years ago kultúrfölényt. The Arab / Islamic civilization, which is 1200-1300 years ago in the Christian West was over, I remember the old glory, and are reluctant to take over the ?sellenség, offered by the Christian West’s social model: the market economy and democracy.

    Egypt, Jordan, the wildly-Western (formally banned) Islamic Brotherhood is by far the largest and best organized opposition force in handling crowds. Leaders made no secret of the fact that the country’s ills is the reason for adopting the Western model they see. Vision of all foreign influence and to eliminate the pure Islamic state based on the traditional structure. Hamas in Gaza, which has already begun.

    The infrastructure of the Islamic Brotherhood – the mosques – not fölszámolni. In spite of the imams will receive state salaries, public preaching according to the instructions, in spite of vigilant in watching government agents – the mosques are not the pro-government sentiment. Power is constantly wrestling with the Islamic Testvériséggel. Leaders arrested, then released; szervezkedéseit ban, then I oppose. Can not afford to grow on his head, but not too hard cuz föllépni against him.

    A Western-style democracy in the upper-middle class and the intelligentsia is a preference – maybe. But they are also split-minded, because the national / ethnic / grievance policy of civilization among them is strong. The anti-Mubarak protesters schizophrenic situation well: they see that their country is increasingly lagging behind the western world, but the values of the western world does not dare put on banner, do not want to. The Western inventions (Internet, mobile phones) organized demonstrations to demand effective governance nívójú west, the Western values, without a pro-Western authoritarian regimes in return.


    Egypt has the highest prestige, political influence as an Arab country. The developments here will eventually reach other parts of the Arab world as well. “No Arab country is safe” – former Foreign Minister of Jordan warns. I really did not matter how hot these days, the evolution of a democratic or an Islamist revolution prognostisation we see – or a mixture of two of something not so lucky.

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  188. Sharon Says:

    I’ve been watching the news and trying to read as much as I can. I was worried when they took your site down. Stay strong. We are pulling for you in the U.S.

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  193. Henry Says:

    Sandmonkey, I’ve been reading you for a couple of years now, and really like your blog. Although you probably won’t read this (given how many comments you have) I really just wanted to express my support for you and all the protesters in Tahrir and elsewhere. Whatever, happens I hope you get your Egypt without Mubarak and an Egypt that is a better place. ???????? ?????? ????

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  196. Anonymous Says:


    Once Mubarak goes *DO NOT LET THE MOMENTUM DIE!*

    Begin NOW, WHILE DEMONSTRATING by making plans to meet up in homes, libraries, etc. the moment Mubarak goes, to build a political party. Chat in the lulls about doing this; about exactly how you will shift but maintain your energy after he falls. Maintain your connections. Start it now. Make it dovetail with the current phase.

    You will require organization to see this through. Organization is critical for your work to continue leading to democracy as the world prepares to oversee genuine elections. You can use the current momentum and the coming fall of Mubarak to build that organization.

    Do not underestimate the power of the Brotherhood’s organization–it matters because it is *organization*. Do not underestimate the need for organization in democratic politics.

    Do not underestimate either power of the Brotherhood arguments to people with a slave mentality. You have Iran as an example of why real democratic structures are needed to limit corruption and allow economic growth (and with that, family formation — what good religious person is against family formation!?). As you organize, work on these arguments. Make them clear, to the point, and with broad appeal. Stick to core principles, but beyond them be as inclusive as possible. Be prepared for your organization to go door-to-door with talking points.

    This is just the beginning. The world is on your side.

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  198. Alexander Safir Says:

    Very glad to see your blog back on line!

    Everyone I talk to here in Seattle wants you to succeed.

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  202. InfidelDane Says:

    .. and the eyes of the world are watching now..

  203. valerie Says:

    I am glad your site’s back. I caught this post at Pajamas, and I hope you and your friends find a way around the next black-out.

    This business, of jamming communications by the government in order to conceal its actions against its own people, is unacceptable.

    Egypt needs real reform, not just a different name at the head of the government. It’s time for the government to consult its people, and ask them what they want.

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  205. rene guillemette Says:

    dear sand monkey from the city of Trois-Rivieres, Québec, Canada we are with you all continue and i hope that Moubarac live soon as possible in french we say: ” Moubarac DÉCALISSE” IT’S MOUBARAC GET AWAY OR GET LOST

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  207. NelleChan Says:

    When ABC News asked Mubarak to comment on calls for him to resign, he said: “I don’t care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country.”

    Well, if Mubarak really cared about his country, he’d get out of Egypt right now!

    #196 Anonymous gives excellent advice on not letting the momentum die and the importance of organization in building a political party as part of the transition to democracy. I hope those organizing the protests follow through into the next phase.

    My prayers are with you, Sandmonkey, and the rest of the pro-democracy demonstrators.

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  210. jules Says:

    I’m glad you are Ok after your little run in the other day.

    You gutsy people hang in there now, the tide is turning, the international media is finally starting to come round to your side. Stay strong and don’t budge till Mubarak is gone and you are on the way to the Egypt you want. People around the world are with you and if there is anything we can do just ask.

    The other night showed the world how strong you are and how wrong the regime is.

    Stay strong – you WILL prevail.

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  213. Yasmine Says:

    Where the CNN video? Heard it’s great.

  214. ML Says:

    The bravery and solidarity of Tahrir has riveted me and those I know.

    It is your revolution… although ‘awakening’ might be a better word, the true Egypt rising from uneasy slumber. I cannot say that I am with you because I am not… I am hundreds of miles away, a watcher, and it is not my country or my decision. It is yours. How could I tell you to go risk your life, to face the thugs, to keep writing? Easy to egg on the people in harm’s way when my door can’t be kicked down and I can’t be arrested or beaten.

    But I must tell you how moved I have been. How brave I think you are. Any idiot can be brave, but you are being brave in the name of dignity, self-respect, and the right to live as a human being. I want to tell you that I’m watching, and so are others, whatever happens, however this ends. We won’t forget what you have done.

    And we won’t forget what Mubarak has done either.

    It is your revolution and not ours. An Egyptian revolution.

    Here in my country, I can try to shape how my country acts, who it props, who it supports, and who it does not.

    I promise you I will not forget. I will bear witness.

  215. T Trivett Says:

    My heart goes out to you and all of your fellow countrymen. You are a very brave and honorable young man. The world is watching.

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  218. circesbrew Says:

    I too have been following you on twitter and am very glad you are ok and am hoping you succeed.
    I know you are smart and I’m not being condescending, but i think it can’t be stressed enough. What #196 is absolutely right. Your success in removing mubarak will only be the beginning. The real success of what you are trying to do is far down the road and even more difficult to achieve– even as strong and brave and firm as you all are– Be prepared, organized and resolved to be in it for the longhaul! .

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  222. budimir Says:

    I would like to know from you whether protesters have a clear vision of the Egyptian future after Mubarak, based on more or less definite political philosophy? What kind of society they’re going to build? Or is it just all about kicking out an old fucker and elevation another one?

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  228. JN Says:

    Oppose US-backed “transition” in Egypt

    The mass movement of Egyptian working people against the Mubarak dictatorship must oppose and reject the initiative by the American government to replace Mubarak with a military-dominated “transition” government. This maneuver is aimed at safeguarding the interests of imperialism and the Egyptian ruling elite, and aborting the Egyptian Revolution.

    President Obama took the occasion of a joint press appearance Friday with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make his most open call for Mubarak to “make the right decision” to resolve the crisis in Egypt.

    Suleiman, the longtime boss of the intelligence services who is now favored by Washington as Mubarak’s immediate successor. According a White House statement, Biden urged Suleiman that “credible, inclusive negotiations begin immediately in order for Egypt to transition to a democratic government that addresses the aspirations of the Egyptian people.”

    The Obama administration envisions a regime based on the military and headed by Suleiman, Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the defense minister, and other top Mubarak aides, with the addition of representatives of the corrupt and venal Egyptian bourgeois opposition—figures such as Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear weapons inspection program, Amr Moussa, secretary of the Arab League, and big business spokesman like the Wafd Party.

    State Department spokesmen have also suggested a role for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist bourgeois party that has long been outlawed in Egypt, but whose candidates, running as independents, won 20 percent of the seats in the 2005 legislative elections. After years of using the “threat” of the Islamic fundamentalists to justify support for the Mubarak dictatorship, Washington has decided to cultivate the Islamists as a bulwark against the main danger—social revolution.

    In an analysis published in November 2007, the New York Times foreshadowed this type of manipulation of the succession to Mubarak. The article noted: “Mr. Mubarak has not always been the perfect ally, but American officials say that he is invaluable for his historical perspective and the importance he places on the relationship with the United States and peace with Israel. An American official here said the hope was that Mr. Mubarak’s ultimate replacement would be someone who maintains the same historical appreciation for peace and relations with Washington.” In other words, Mubarak’s successor must be, like him, an American stooge.
    A Suleiman government would have an out-and-out criminal at its head. The Egyptian vice president—appointed to that post only last week by Mubarak—is better known as the chief of Egypt’s notoriously brutal security apparatus. He is directly responsible for the torture of thousands of political prisoners, a role for which he was especially prized by the CIA, which regularly shipped prisoners to Egypt for treatment that could not be administered in Guantanamo Bay or the agency’s own network of secret prisons.
    Journalist Robert Fisk described Suleiman acidly as Mubarak’s “chief negotiator with Israel and his senior intelligence officer, a 75-year-old with years of visits to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and four heart attacks to his credit.” It was under his direction that Gaza has been systematically blockaded and starved for the past four years, since the coming to power of Hamas in that territory. Suleiman is a confidante of the Israeli regime, the most highly regarded Egyptian in the eyes of Mossad and the Israeli military.

    Suleiman and the military would have a civilian fig leaf in the form of individuals like ElBaradei, who are equally hostile to the revolutionary movement in the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities. ElBaradei has argued for delaying elections even further than the September date set by Mubarak. He is proposing instead a three-member ruling council (presumably himself, Suleiman and a top military officer) to hold power for at least a year while the electoral system was “reformed.”

    The major task of such a “transition” regime would be to delude the popular movement against Mubarak with illusions of reform, and then disperse the mass demonstrations, including the physical suppression of all those who rightly refuse to accept such a US-brokered transition as a genuine democratic development.

    In that context, Obama’s words Friday have an ominous ring. He reiterated previous statements that the US government opposes the use of violence either by the government or the protesters—as though there were an equivalence between a brutal military dictatorship, armed to the teeth, and with a long record of torture and murder, and the Egyptian masses, who successfully defended themselves in Tahrir Square with their bare hands and sheer force of numbers.

    If Mubarak is replaced by a caretaker regime based on the military, both the Obama administration and the American media will swing behind the new rulers, vilifying all popular opposition as “terrorism” and endorsing the bloodiest measures of state repression.
    Far from representing a concession to the democratic demands of the masses, such a regime would represent a carefully constructed roadblock. It would cement the role of the Egyptian government as a servant of US imperialism, collaborator with Israel, and enemy of the Palestinian people and the oppressed masses of Egypt itself.

    The Mubarak regime is not simply the product of a criminal dictator and his coterie of thugs. It is, rather, the instrument of the ruling class in Egypt and its imperialist patrons. The regime arises from the incapacity of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to address the social needs of the masses and carry out the basic tasks of the democratic revolution. This involves, not merely electoral formalities—which Egypt has in abundance—but freeing the country from the grip of imperialism, the Egyptian stooges of foreign capital and the rule of semi-feudal landlords who still dominate the countryside.
    The course of events in Egypt has already provided a powerful vindication of the theory of Permanent Revolution, advanced by Leon Trotsky and upheld by the International Committee of the Fourth International. A century of bitter political experience has proved that no section of the national bourgeoisie can play a progressive role. Only the working class, mobilizing behind it the masses of the rural poor, and advancing a socialist program, can show the way forward.

    The class divisions in Egypt constitute the dominant reality of social and political life. Particularly over the past two decades, a powerful and brutally oppressed working class has grown up in Egypt, engaging in a series of militant and bloody battles with the police-state regime.

    An impassable social gulf separates the factory workers and impoverished fellahin from the privileged elite and its political representatives, from Mubarak and Suleiman to ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood. These divisions have already been manifested in the spontaneous formation of neighborhood committees—in the working class areas, to ward off attacks by Mubarak’s thugs, in the handful of bourgeois gated communities, to guard against the threat of “mob rule.”

    The burning necessity is for the self-organization of the workers, independent of all the political operatives and parties of the bourgeoisie. This means the building of factory and neighborhood councils, the Egyptian equivalent of soviets, to mobilize the vast social power of the oppressed masses.
    In this struggle, the most urgent necessity is for the creation of the political leadership to impart a revolutionary orientation to the mass movement, directing it toward the seizure of power and the reorganization of society along socialist lines.


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  245. mycr Says:

    Thanks for this excellent report.
    Thanks for your fight for freedom.

    You and the Tahrir Square people fighting for a free country are a model for the world.

    We are behind you.

  246. Domo Says:

    Intersting article about MB publishe at: You may have difficulties believing everything in the article but history of MB and UK MI-6), same like Hamas and MOSSAD. All I ask for the young generation to be smart and maintain a questioning attitude in dealing with politics issues and supporters.

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