Something is happening in Egypt. For 3 days straight now there have been major demonstrations, the biggest demonstrations in Egypt for decades. The first day, Jan 25, was intense and the numbers of people that went out onto the street surprised everybody. The next day the police were prepared, and there was more suppression and violence. Tear gas, rubber bullets, real bullets, and water were all used in attempts to disperse crowds. Demonstrations were made illegal and more than 800 people have been arrested.
Yesterday in Suez, a city near Cairo, 15,000 people gathered. The police could not handle the situation and were evacuated. There are rumours that the army was called in and there were hints of there being a massacre there soon. The army is on high alert and the stock markets in Cairo and Alexandria are crashing. There are reports that the president’s family has fled to London.
Is this it? Will Egyptians manage to bring down the dictatorship? Or will this fizzle out or be brutally repressed? Will America step in and save its ally?
I’m in a state of exhilaration and anxiety. What’s going to happen?? It’s so hard to predict. And I’m trying so hard not to be too hopeful.
God bless all the protesters.