Monday, January 31, 2011

Uprising in Egypt Continues!

For a second straight week the people of Cairo, Egypt and other Egyptian cities have been in protest of their President, Hosni Mubarak.  Tensions in Egypt have been brewing for quite some time now, as the gaps between the poor and upper class have continued to blossom out of control, and also because of a lack of basic civil liberties.
They are fighting for freedom of speech, press, assembly, and a right to the Democratic process.  Also at the forefront is economic reform.  It has becoming increasingly more difficult for Middle and Working Class Egyptians to afford both housing and food costs.  Things are so bad that many aren't able to marry, because they can't afford the taxes and fees for the licensing.  There are doctors, teachers and  government workers who are struggling to buy food after they pay their housing rents.
At this point it appears that "revolution" is near.  The citizens are calling for Mubarak to step down.  The gatherings have become larger and the army has refused to fire at the People.  In an attempt to gain some control over the situation, President Mubarak suspended cellphone and internet usage over the weekend.  That didn't stop YouTube Videos, Tweets and Facebook feeds from getting out.  
Tomorrow they have declared the "March of Millions" where millions are expected to gather in Tahrir Square. It is reported that the government will block cellphone usage once again and maybe internet coverage as well.  

--Princess Carter
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