SDB Late Evening News Reads: Egyptian Revolutions #Jan25

Good later evening…

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution…

It may not have been the place where the Arab Spring began, but it sure fanned the flames in places like Libya and Syria.

So tonight we are going to focus on today’s events in Egypt.

Egyptian protesters plan sit-in until army leaves | Reuters

Scores of Egyptian youth protesters marking the one-year anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak bedded down in Tahrir Square and pledged to stay put until the ruling military council hands power to civilians.

United last year by anger at Mubarak and his 30-year rule, Egyptians were in high spirits on the January 25 anniversary but divided between activists demanding a swift end to army rule and those celebrating the strides their country has taken with its first free elections in 60 years.

The attempt to extend the protest, which the military had hoped to limit to a daytime celebration, raises the prospect of violence. A series of sit-ins in recent months have ended in clashes with security forces and left dozens dead.

“There will be a sit-in until they leave, by any means but they should leave,” said Alaa Abdel Fattah, a blogger who was detained by the army after clashes outside the state media offices, or Maspiro, left 25 protesters dead in October.

Egyptians mass in Tahrir to honour uprising – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

“Down with military rule” and “Revolution until victory, revolution in all of Egypt’s streets” were chanted by one group of mainly youths in an area of Tahrir on Wednesday.

Sherine Tadros, reporting from Tahrir Square, said: “For a section of people demonstrating here, it’s really just about military hijacking the revolution, and about Islamist parties and movements now making the gains instead of those who actually initiated the revolution.”

“But others say it is a rocky transition but it is still a transition pointing out to the fact that Egypt had first free and fair elections in decades and people’s assembly which reflects will of the people.”

Meanwhile, about 3,000 people, who were pardoned by the military rulers coinciding with the anniversary, have reportedly walked out of Tora prison located on the outskirts of Cairo.

The Lens has a series of photographs of today’s anniversary celebrations, marches and further protest:

Egypt and More – Pictures of the Day – NYTimes.com

Following many tweets today about the Anniversary, it was very upsetting to see so many people talking about the sexual assaults women where experiencing.

We all remember Lara Logan: Life is not about dwelling on the bad – NY Daily News

Lara Logan is back on the air, she’s got nine stories in the works at “60 Minutes” and a new show set to launch — but she still battles the demons of a horrific gang sexual assault, even sometimes while she puts her young daughter to bed.

“People don’t really know that much about (posttraumatic stress disorder),” she told the Daily News. “There’s something called latent PTSD. It manifests itself in different ways. I want to be free of it, but I’m not.

“It doesn’t go away,” she said. “It’s not something I keep track of. It’s not predictable like that. But it happens more than I’d like.”

Last Feb. 11, while covering the Egyptian uprisings in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Logan was surrounded by an angry mob of men and ripped away from her CBS crew. She was viciously stripped and suffered a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault.

“I didn’t even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things, because the sexual assault was all I could feel, their hands raping me over and over and over again,” she told “60 Minutes” last spring.

They tried to rip off chunks of her scalp.

“I was in no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying,” she said.

You should read the rest of this article, and then come back and read the various tweets I have copied below:

Ahmed Eltahawy

Egyptians Mark Their Revolution’s Anniversary with Mixed Feelings ..Toppling a dictator but not his regime

6 hours ago

Ghada Shahbender

: Wow. Just, wow. RT : Meet the greatest square in the world. Incredible photo, from AFP#Tahrir ” :))
Ahmad H. Aggour

A year has passed since with 945 people dead, more than 6,400 injured and not one police officer was sentenced.
Retweeted 100+ times
Liliana Segura

So moved by “In Tahrir Square,” a powerful tribute to . Thank you to & all who made it possible to tell the story.
 

Wael Ghonim

Hossam عمو حسام

Today was the biggest march I ever attended in my whole life.. at least 100,000 were marching in Giza
Mahmoud Salem

Everyone is carrying pictures of the martyrs.
Mona Eltahawy

Unless women can march, protest or simply walk in any street/square w/out protection of men then will fail.
Summer Nazif

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I was groped earlier today in the square but a guy from saw what happened and saved me. Disgraceful.
Noha Hamed

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sadly on my way home from the sq i was tellin my male friend that it’s hard to be inside the demo without a male..devastating!
Sara Maklad

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and i’m tired of freaking out inside every time i pass by a group of guys on the street!
Summer Nazif

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you don’t have time to think when something like this happens, it’s scary how a touch can make you feel naked.
Mona Eltahawy

Our revolution isn’t just against fascist regime; it must also be against misogynistic attitudes. We will not be silenced!
Mona Eltahawy

Tell me what happened. Are u ok, Menna? RT : It was ridiculous today. Absolutely disgusting.
Mary AwadAllah

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my americn & swdish frnds wre badly harassd tday,pants,tops,&bras torn.all bruisd now.so frustratng
Mona Eltahawy

Today we made it v clear continues but I’ll be damned if I stay quiet about sexual assault so that the revolution doesn’t “look bad”.
There is a website: HarassMap that has been keeping track of sexual harassment and assaults since 2004…
 

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9 Comments on “SDB Late Evening News Reads: Egyptian Revolutions #Jan25”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Arab spring — unless you happen to be female. When will it end?
    Strength to our Arab sisters!

  2. peggysue22 says:

    The misogyny throughout the world has no borders–it’s the same everywhere. I don’t blame these Egyptian women being furious. And how typical that they’re being told to be silent–so the Movement isn’t tarnished.

    Women’s issues are always secondary, always told to wait. Cheers to their feisty refusal!

    Great update, minx.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Thanks Peggy. Some of the tweets were very distressing indeed.

      It’s going to be a long night. My daughter didn’t make the soccer team…and she is getting sick…fever and sinus. Y’all have a good evening.

    • northwestrain says:

      A year ago I wasn’t cheering for the Egyptian Revolution — I said that I would wait and see how much liberation/freedom human rights Egyptian women would get.

      It seems like not a damned thing has changed — as long as women have no rights or very little rights and freedom — there was no revolution.

      When I see the horrendous photos of male cops beating and stripping women — then Egypt is still a dangerous place for women. Women are apparently considered less than human by the majority of males in Egypt.

      The country should be boycotted — but oh no — 0bowma makes sure they get their tear gas and crowd control tools. 0bowma is/was and will always be a misogynistic male.

  3. Love this post, Minx.