Egypt in Crisis! What Happened?

Egypt in Crisis! What Happened?
Famous central government office complex on Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt – Image by: Damon Taylor [CC-BY-2.0)
The unparalleled remonstrations in the city of Cairo have attracted the attention of the world to look into what has happened to Egypt.  This is a short glance into what created the present state of affairs and how it came about:

On January 25th protesters were assembled calmly in central Cairo to insist on a stop to President Hosni Mubarak’s almost thirty years in rule and to dispute fiscal despair in the North African country.  The demonstration came just days following the forced exile of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Tunisian leader, by protesting mobs within his home nation.

Security forces altered tactics and the demonstration twisted into violence, as multitudes crammed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square while brandishing Egyptian flags and Tunisian flags, taking up the identical protest mantras that have been voiced throughout the streets in Tunis.  Police opened up on the crowds with water guns and marched at them with truncheons and tear gas in an effort to force out protesters who were loudly chanting “Down with Mubarak.”

In Cairo on January 25th, a police officer was struck in the head by a rock in the remonstration and he passed away in the hospital later, as reported by an official from the Interior Ministry.  He added that in an additional remonstration in Suez City, 2 demonstrators were killed.  An Egyptian security spokesperson said on Jan. 29, that a minimum of 62 people were killed throughout the demonstrations over the past 2 days.

Dissatisfaction with living in the oppressive, police state has been simmering beneath the surface for many years in Egypt.  Added to that are also mounting displeasure over monetary woes, poverty, joblessness, bribery and police mistreatments.

Even though there has been long-lasting Egyptian unhappiness, it looks as if the recent Tunisian occurrences has been enough to drive a lot of youthful Egyptians to finally take actions to the streets. This is my first time demonstrating, but before now we were a fearful country.  It is time to at long last loudly say no, said Ismail Syed, (24), a hotel worker struggling to survive on a pay of approximately fifty dollars per month.

Social media tools, Like Facebook and Twitter, have figured in prominently to gather supporters and protesters.  Egyptian coordinators have used Twitter to transmit information and directions to the populace about where to congregate, up until the administration jammed the service in the late afternoon, on January 25th.  Egyptian cell phone services were reinstated on January 28th following a government-decreed infrastructure shutdown being forced in particular areas the day prior in an obvious attempt to prevent demonstrators from synchronizing protests.  Nevertheless, Internet service looked to remain jammed.

Canadians have been cautioned to keep away from Egypt’s main cities except if is completely unavoidable.  Canada’s department of Foreign Affairs has advised that Canadians ought not to journey to Alexandria, Cairo, or Suez.  The federal administration also advises Canadians who are in Egypt to keep away from protests and big crowds.  It is believed that there are approximately 6,500 Canadians inside Egypt at the present time, and all of them are thought to be safe and sound.