An Egyptian speaks of the “Facebook Revolution”

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An Egyptian speaks of the “Facebook Revolution”

Tayaunna Jackson

Tayaunna Jackson

Tayaunna Jackson

Tayaunna Jackson

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The Facebook Revolution

By: Tayaunna Jackson

Mr. Ahamad Mahamed ventured to Pittsburgh’s Barack Obama Academy to elaborate on the revolution that has recently taken place in Egypt  and goes on as we speak. Mahamed is a physician whom has lived in Egypt his entire life.

Some have called it a revolution while others have called the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the President a battle against the ‘garbage of history’. What we know is just an ordinary website Facebook started this revolution. People would discuss revolution then set a date in which to protest. Although no one truly believed the revolution would take place , that day did come, on January 25th 2011, when over 6,500 people came out and took part in the march against Hosni Mubarak..

We know Egypt as a good place, beautiful and very cultured, but according to Mahamed this vision masks is the actions that have been taken place over 30 years.. Mubarak became president in 1981 and lasted until just last month. In 2009 he said he would no longer run for president but for some reason was still in office.

“People would say; when will he die? We want him out!” Mahamed says. While he was in office he did more bad than good. The people of Egypt don’t have much freedom, they couldn’t write much of anything in their news papers without getting arrested. Mubarak also had his own secret police force that could be brutal on citizens.  The average citizens became tired of poor treatment and life in a country where there was no way to move up economically. Change was the only possible answer, and Facebook would lead the way.

Some have compared this revolution to the French Revolution because the treatment to the people was similar, as well as the reaction. But the France of the Middle Ages did not have Facebook to spread the word of protest dates and locations. What we have just seen in Egypt has been unique.

The Egyptian people fought for freedom, liberty, equality, and to rid the nation of the régime. They protested for almost three weeks straight, often enduring beatings and harassment.

 What we have in the U.S we often take for granted, and it seems like we don’t even know or realize it’s there, but our founding fathers devised laws and rules for this land, ideas that are missing in other parts of the world, where tyrants rule.

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