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Today is the 31st of January 2011

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The past few days have been among the most exciting and nerve-wracking I’ve ever experienced. Egypt is on the cusp of a full-blown revolution that could lead to democracy to a country that has been yearning for it for years. The repercussions are countless; the political appearance of the Middle East might be forever changed by the events of the past few days.

A lot of people, journalists, correspondents, government officials from around the globe, seem to be in shock. They never expected this. And to be honest, neither did I, and I suspect few Egyptians did either. The 25th of January 2011 was meant to be Police Day in Egypt, a mundane holiday half-heartedly celebrated by the Egyptian populace. That day will forever live on in the memories of this generation, and will be taught in school to the children of the next one.

We knew this was going to happen. Many predicted it would have happened if Hosni Mubarak had attempted to pass on his Presidency to his son, Gamal. Many thought it would come in the case of Mubarak’s sudden death. Considering he was already past the 80-year mark, this was fairly plausible. But no one expected it to happen like this.

We could have reasonable expected a few hundred protesters in the street, who would eventually be rounded up and sent home; a few would be arrested, a few would be jailed, and in a couple of weeks Egypt would move on and that would have been the end of it. How wrong we were. Egypt, a country so often plagued by laziness, roared to life. This uprising, and that’s what it is, gained momentum so fast that even the government, usually so swift in dispersing demonstrations was caught unawares.

The police force must have been trained to deal with a situation such as this, but faced with an uprising so large and so unafraid they seemed confused as how to deal with it, and that confusion only helped the people’s cause.

On the 26th the crowds, encouraged by the day before demonstrated in their thousands, in Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez, lifting the heads of the people. Friday after prayers the storm intensified. Since then its been a blur. I couldn’t tell you what happened which day, you’ll have to look at a timeline from one of the news agencies to find out. The NDP building set on fire (it’s still on fire today), the police evacuating the streets (in order to create a state of chaos so as to give the feeling that the people still needed Mubarak) Cairo Museum broken into by two looters, widespread looting, 4,000 prisoners escaping from prisons, the military moving in, fighter jets and helicopters circling Midan el Tahrir, people forming neighbourhood militias to protect their homes and families (Mubarak’s police withdrawal plan backfiring miserably), and so many other events that make my heart race.

Today is the 31st of January 2011. The military announced that it would not attack the people of honourable people of Egypt. A green light for protests of sorts. The past few days have been filled with question marks as to the military’s stance. But people keep on forgetting that the military is made up of Egyptians, and for the past two days those same soldiers under Mubarak’s command have been welcomed by the people with open arms. There has been uncertainty though, with crowds demanding a clarification of loyalties. Thankfully, the Army is standing beside us, and now our destiny is in our own hands.

Tomorrow is February 1st 2011. Tomorrow is the planned Million Man March on Midan el Tahrir, and from there on to the presidential palace in Heliopolis. With the army on our side, the police not standing in our way, who knows what could happen.

This blog begins today. I have never felt more proud to be an Egyptian. Today Egypt changed, and it brought tears to my eyes. Tomorrow Egypt will continue to change. We will not stop until we see democracy. It’s so close we can almost touch it; tomorrow we just might.

 

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Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

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