Over Four Million Egyptians

I’m going to type this now because I’m very tired and very sleepy. I’ve been awake for a very long time now and I’m getting very sleepy. I don’t know how coherent this post is going to be as I am sleepy, ill, and filled with emotion. I will try to make it as cogent as possible, but I don’t promise anything. Today has seen some of the most profound events in the middle east since decolonisation. This day will be remembered in history as one of the turning points in the postcolonial history of the arab world and the world in general.

As you know, people in Egypt have called for a million person march in Cairo today against the regime of Hossni Mubarak. The regime had done everything it can to block people from getting there. They completely cut off the internet, they blocked the roads leading to the capital, they suspended public transport including trains, extended the curfew, and they spread rumours and started a campaign of disinformation and fear mongering to dissuade people from making it down to Tahrir Square. The regime also announced a program for reform and dialogue last night through a statement by the newly appointed VP Omar Suleiman. It all gave the impression that the regime is grasping at straws and trying to do everything it can to stay in power.

The point is that as the morning came all of the measures taken by the regime to avoid the one million person march failed. In fact, not only did they fail but they failed miserably. As I’m typing this the estimate is that over two million people are now in and around Tahrir Square. There are so many people that the giant square cannot hold the number of protesters that made their way there. People are overflowing into the side streets. But that’s not all. People are still making their way there. Also, it is estimated that over one million people are demonstrating in Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, and hundreds of thousands are protesting all over the country, in Suez, Mansourah, Damhour, Port Said, and other cities. It is believed that there are over 4 million Egyptians demonstrating right now all over the country. All of them are demanding the downfall of the regime.

As I’m typing this, there seems to be a couple of security issues, like the fact that a truck seems to have been stopped as it was making its way to Tahrir Square. The truck is reportedly said to have been filled with thugs and weapons. The regime seems to want to cause some kind of unrest, either in order to discredit the protesters, or to actually intimidate them. There are also reports that some clashes are happening outside Cairo, but nothing is confirmed at this particular moment. So we still don’t know if the regime is going to try to make a security related move or not.

The point is, this is a historic day. Egyptians have taken back their own destiny. They have shown the world and the regime that they will not be intimidated. As I said before, the fear of the regime is now gone, and that was all the hold it had on them. The atmosphere in the square is jubilant and carnavalesque. People are helping each other, cleaning after themselves, talking, laughing, dancing, sharing food and water, and just enjoying the enormity of what they have achieved today. It is an anarchist’s dream. An Aljazeera correspondent just described the scene and said that she can see ‘from each according to his ability to each according to his needs’ being enacted right now, spontaneously, in Tahrir Square.

I am, and have been since the morning, trying to stop myself crying with pride and happiness. I have never felt this proud to be an Arab before. The Tunisian revolution made me feel proud, but this has just made me so happy and proud that I can’t even begin to explain the surge of feelings I’m feeling right now. I think that the only time I’ll feel better then this is when Palestine and Jerusalem are liberated and zionism is defeated. As it stands right now, Mubarak is still refusing to step down. I don’t know how he can even think it possible that he can stay in power. His position is clearly completely untenable. Also, in an important development, many of the military in Tahrir Square have been chanting to the protesters ‘we are with you! We are with you!’ This might mean that the army has now abandoned the regime. We don’t know yet.

Well that’s it for now. I might go to sleep, I might not. If anything major happens later, like Mubarak stepping down, I will post another Blog post. Of course this is predicated on me being awake when that happens. Anyway, I hope this post wasn’t too spaced out, I am quite feverish, sleep deprived, and very excited. So as I said I’ll see you later. Long live the revolution and the Arab spring. We are free people who refuse to live under tyranny anymore. ‘Thawra, thawra hatta’l nasr!’ (revolution, revolution until victory!).

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2 Responses to “Over Four Million Egyptians”

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  2. […] that it becomes apparent to any observer, even non-socialists.  Perhaps most striking was an Al Jazeera correspondent quoting Marx while describing the scene in Cairo: “the people are working together, ‘from each […]

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