Friday, February 11, 2011

It's a new day.

Egypt Celebrates Mubarak's resignation

This is a short update, I apologize.

It's about time I let the people know who I am and why I did this. I started this blog because I believed in Egypt, I believed in the revolution, and I wanted to help the people in any way I could. Being physically unable to go back to Egypt myself, I could only help from afar. The inability to be physically there killed me inside. But it's a new day.

The First Post on this blog was of my own writing. Some of the others are copied. But the first was the most important. I poured my hopes, dreams and spirit into it. As a guideline, if I didn't include a citation link , I wrote it.

I am Elazul on Twitter. I kept my identity a (loosely guarded) secret not because I feared for myself, but because I feared for my loved ones. But I no longer have to. It's a new day.

Also, because I did not want people to lose the effect of my words, based on my personality. Who I am shouldn't have ever mattered, If you don't like me personally, it doesn't matter. What matters is the spirit, and the response was kind. It's a new day.

Today is a new day. A day with so much hope. We still have a long hard way to go, but we can make it. We know the path now. And we can make it. It's a new day.

I'll still be updating this blog. Like I said, the battle is far from over, and I SHOULD be updating it soon with important information. But for now, we celebrate our victory. Egypt is finally free, and what we do with that freedom is completely up to us. It's a new day.

Egypt is finally free: It's a new day.

(Some of the images taken from Sherif Assaf , I hope he forgives me for using them without asking him, but they were too beautiful not to use, if he asks me to remove them I will )

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Questions by an Egyptian Activist on Twitter.

Ok, the next few tweets i'm going to be playing devil's advocate, and assuming Sulieman and Mubarak are sincere. #Jan25 Jan25

Now if they're sincere, there has been no mention whatsoever of a change to the presidential powers. Which is a disaster. #Jan25 Jan25

Meaning that the president, whoever it is, will still maintain supreme control over the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative powers. #Jan25

Which means whoever the president is, he will still have full control over everything, which is NOT acceptable. #Jan25 Jan25

Another issue, is that there is no method of checks and balances between the Judicial, Executive and Legislative powers in & of themselves.

Also, there has been no change whatsoever in heading toward a civil state. The military still reigns supreme in the country. #Jan25 Jan25

Meaning that even if sincere, would the military accept being under control of a civil government instead of a military one? #Jan25

So we've basically reached a point where i'm wondering, should we even bother trying to amend the failed constitution? #Jan25

The constitution has FAR more problems than the ones stated in Mubarak's speech, or even in most people's minds. #Jan25

So assuming sulieman & mubarak are being truthful, how many more problems do we have facing us? What other dirty tricks are in store? #Jan25

Done playing devil's advocate.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Statement issued by The Faculty of Law at Cairo University

Translation by Heba Habib

Statement from Cairo University- faculty of law
Issued from the discussion forum held on 7/2/2011 around legal and constitutional solutions to meet the needs of the Peoples revolution

On Monday the 7th of February 2011 the professors  of  the faculty of law at Cairo university  met  and after many fruitful discussions and thorough analysis of the parameters of  constitutional thought and what is best for our country in order for  it to  correspond with  the  great leap & the  revolution of the Youth of the Nation which has both been welcomed  and backed by  many communities within the nation , presented to the nation from a pure conscience  and in reaction to the  new developments that have affected the  entire nation's  sentiments . Presented here to the great Egyptian nation are the results which the forum has reached in regards to what must be done for the good of the nation at this historical juncture in our beloved country
The forum has reached the following conclusions:

Firstly : To completely support and back The revolution of the 25th of January  which was sparked by the pure and uncorrupted Youth of Egypt in which all the diverse communities of Egypt joined to demand freedom , democracy and the sovereignty of the law , the achievement of social justice and calling to account the corrupt and those who have hindered the fate of this nation and honoring the blood of the martyrs which was spilt in the cause of the nations freedom and upholding the dignity of the citizen.

Secondly – Withdrawing all legitimacy from the current regime

Thirdly – Calling upon the President of the Republic to comply with the will of the nation as expressed by the public

Fourth - The Necessity of the instant dissolution of both Parliament and the Shura Council due to the impossibility of their meeting as a result of final sentences issued from the High Constitutional court which nullify the results of the elections in many constituencies

Fifth- A call for the creation of a founding committee devoted to the creation of a new constitution that is in accordance with the current phase, with the condition that all political ideologies are represented in this committee as well as civil society organizations and all Egyptian communities

Sixth – The delegation of all presidential powers to the vice president, as permitted by Articles 82 and 139 of the constitution in accordance with their correct interpretation

Seventh – The expansion of the current structure of the government in order for it to be an interim government dedicated to the nations recovery

Eighth-  The issuance of decrees from the republic  which would create laws that launch the right to create political parties and allowing  citizens the rights of election and nomination for public office

Ninth- The swift restructuring of the state authorities in accordance with the new constitution

Tenth – The immediate termination of the enforcement of the Emergency law

Signed on behalf of the attendees
Dr Ahmed Awad Belal
Dean of the Faculty of Law

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why it is wrong to believe a word Mubarak said

Quoted from a post being circulated on Twitter. located here

Excuse me I know I'm not very articulate, but he's an attempt to explain reality to those who don't understand it. Apologies in advance for typos, grammatical mistakes etc. I haven't proofread this.

First refuting the promises:

  1. He wont run for another term.You are all accepting this as if Mubarak has a proven record of honesty, and he does deliver on his promises. Mubarak in 1981 said he will only stay in power for 2 terms, and we call saw how this turned out to be. We have seen the regime sending out a few hundred people in pro-Mubarak demonstrations, not to mention the tens of celebrities etc. who were saying all those nice things about Mubarak. Giving the regime 7 months to regroup and plan, don't you think for example they can't manage to create a massive large scale pro Mubarak campaign asking him to re-run leaving him "with no choice" but to re-run for another term? If I could think of such a cheap an easy plot, I'm sure Mubarak has at least a dozen of those up his sleeve.What happened to the rest of demands regarding elections? Judicial supervision, the right to vote for Egyptians abroad, voting using your ID (raqam qawmy) to avoid fraud, international and civil society organizations supervision?Again there was no mention of Gamal Mubarak not running for president, but more on that later.
  2. Looking into court appeals regarding electoral fraudLooking into those appeals would mean the re-election of many many seats (under no guarantees that the re-election would be fair [read next point about article 88 of the constitution]), plus the large number of appeals basically means the parliament is not legitimate and the proper course of action would have been dissolving the parliament entirely.
  3. Constitutional changes.Mubarak promised to ask the parliament to change articles 76, and 77 of the Egyptian constitution. 76 is the article regulating the conditions required to be a presidential candidate, 77 says the president serves a 6 years term with no limit on how many times he can be re-elected. He did not mention anything about article 88 which regulates supervision over the electoral process of the parliament, which means there will be NO guarantee they will be fair and fraud free.
What has Mubarak left out in his speech:
  1. Emergency law is still effective, which means oppression, brutality, arrests, and torture will continue. How can you have any hope for fair democratic elections under emergency law where the police have absolute power?
  2. Internet is still not working, no talks of lifting censorship.
  3. No talks of allowing freedom of speech, freedom to create political parties, freedom to participate in politics without the risk of getting arrested. FYI to start a political party you need the government's permission. How do you expect democracy to come out of this?
  4. He said he will put anyone responsible for corruption to trial right? What about putting the police who killed 300+ to trial? What about members of NDP who are the most corrupt businessmen/politicians in the country. Do you think he'll put those to trial? Think again.
  5. He didn't even take responsibility for anything that went wrong in the last 30 years. Not even his condolences to the martyrs who have fallen in this revolution.

Why should Mubarak leave now and not a day later?
  1. He can't be trusted, and we can't believe a word he says. He's a murderer and a criminal with a 30 years criminal record, and the blood of thousands on his hands.
  2. Every day he stays in power, not only are his cronies stealing every dime and every inch of this country, but we're giving the regime a chance to regroup and get their shit together, and if not Mubarak, or Gamal Mubarak, I'm sure we'll get someone even worse from within the regime.
  3. Egypt will see the worst 9 months of its history in terms of oppression, arrests, and torture from now till September (and after that). Rest assured the regime (with or without Mubarak), will stop at nothing to stay in power. He has given no real guarantees whatsoever that the situation will improve. None. Not even regarding Emergency law.
  4. You should NOT believe that there are any good people in the new cabinet Mubarak recently assigned. No good honest man would work for a criminal and a murderer, especially not in this war cabinet. Many honest Egyptians along the years have declined positions in Mubarak's governments.
  5. If protesting stops now, it will never start again. At least not in those numbers, and thus creating no real pressure. And while giving the police a chance to regroup and reinforce their lines, expect more police brutality, and expect more deaths.
  6. Most importantly, 300+ haven't sacrificed their lives, so we'd settle for some lame ass promises with no guarantees, and risk all this going to waste. They wanted Mubarak gone, and the least we can do is honor their will and keep going until Mubarak, and the rest of the regime are gone. Not in 9 months, but now.
My answer to the following claims:

"But the country is already in a state of chaos. Lets stop protesting so we can have some security and stability"

Don't be fooled, this state of chaos is mostly intentional. With the economy reaching almost a complete halt, and lack of security on the streets etc, Mubarak made sure you'd eat up whatever he throws at you. Would you rather be ruled by a corrupt and criminal regime for another 9 months (at least), or go through "chaos" for another week, two, or a month until the regime has fallen?

Don't let the blood of our martyrs go to waste. We've seen countries rise from the ashes of war, we've seen countries rise from the devastation of nuclear bombs. We can most DEFINITELY pull through for another couple of weeks. And once we have democracy, once we have freedom, once we get rid corruption, when 100% of our money goes into the country and not into the pockets of corrupt politicians and businessmen, we'll rebuilt this country in no time. What are a few years of struggle in a the history of a free and proud nation?

"If Mubarak leaves now, who's gonna be president? ElBaradei can't be president!! With no one in power we'll be in a spiral of chaos and havoc etc"

This is by far the most naive argument. Do you know what happens if the president has health problems? Do you know what happens if the president resigns? Do you know what happens if the president dissolves the government and resigns? Do you know what happens if the president dies? Do you know how an interim government works? Do you know what your constitution says? No. So any opinion you have on the matter is naive and based on emotion and not facts nor political understanding.

The constitution as it is tailored at the moment, puts on obstacles making it hard to proceed if Mubarak resigns at the moment. In other words the constitution obviously doesn't account for the coup d'etat scenario. You can read articles 82, 84, and 189 to understand what I'm talking about it.

However the scenario we want is:
  1. the ousting of the regime entirely: President, government, and parliament.
  2. Establishing an interim (transitional) government representing everyone across the spectrum, chosen by the people, to make the necessary constitutional changes and prepare for fair democratic elections in 6 months while providing the necessary guarantees. There are lots and lots of names who can fill this interim government but everyone is concerned about the president of that transitional government, and to those I say: a) Enough with the centralization of power. Its seems we can't think out of the one-man-ruling-the-country box. b) We are a country of 80 million people. Any honest decent Egyptian, who isn't part of the current regime, could be the head of this interim government. c) Whats wrong with ElBaradei? If you know anything about me I'm not exactly a fan of his, but we just need an honest man, who knows the necessary processes, constitutional changes and legislative changes required to establish the basis for democracy. I wouldn't want ElBaradei or any of the current opposition leaders to be president for a full term, but ElBaradei has what it takes to put down the ground work for fair and democratic elections after 6 months. Some people say he's too "soft" to handle the tough reality of Egypt, well you have to keep in mind a leader is only as strong as his supporters, so whichever whoever leader the people stand behind will have the necessary strength to lead this transitional phase. The circumstances of an interim government are different from a normal government. Think of it as a committee temporarily running the country with the primary focus being elections in 6 months.Finally given 6 months of political freedom, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, no emergency law, and with constitutional and legislative changes, not only will we have one strong candidate for presidency, we'll have dozens.
For the reasons above, our goal should be: keep going until we overthrow the regime completely. And if you're bothered by the chaos, remember that the more the people protesting, the faster the regime will fall and the chaos will be over. And once the regime has fallen, we should dedicate all of our efforts to make sure we choose a proper interim government that really represents the people, and everything will go smoothly from there, and the future of Egypt will be brighter than ever before.

Be strong, keep pushing, no compromises, don't forget what they have done, we all know what they will do. The revolution has to go on so the lives of 300+ martyrs, and the blood of thousands other free Egyptians wouldn't go to waste.

Don't be naive. Its time to think politics and not just revolution. True freedom has a price and all of us should be willing to pay it.

حرية وكرامة - كن مع الثورة

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Instructions to Assist The Egyptian Vigilantes protecting the country.

Please Translate and Distribute: 

1- First and foremost, stick together, this is obvious to most of you. Power in Numbers.
2- You will get tired soon, so divide yourselves into smaller groups and become more strategic when it comes to the places you need to protect in order to control the area.

2- Prepare Molotov Cocktails but use them ONLY when you must. To make a Molotov Cocktails: open a bottle, fill it with a flamable material like gas , and close it with a sheet of cloth which you can light if you need to but it has to be long enough to give you some time to throw it after its top becomes a piece of fire).

3- Chains make excellent weapons against thugs on bikes; Pipes make good weapons too.

4- Air rifles are NOT effective, you can withstand a blast at point blank range.

5- Get wood from Shovels or other varities, Hammer long nails through them, they make decent maces.

6- Use your car tires to blockade the streets. Light fire in them too, it will give you warmth and prevent any car from braking the blokade. Create choke points so thugs have a harder time getting in and out of your streets. Open the blockade ONLY when the army takes control.

7- Crush Lighbulbs inside cloth, Spread the glass on window sills. they Make noise and harm attackers.

8- Agree on a Distress signal, Give it ONLY to people you trust. 

9- Rip Barbed wire from nearby gardens if available, use it to protect pressure points.

10- Keep a bucket of nails & a watcher approximately 200 feet after your choke points, if someone breaks though have someone Scatter the nails on the street.

11- In case you don't have nails, shattered glass works but is not as effective.

12- Open up manhole covers, Direct choke points towards them.

13- In the lack of nails, for cars you can use large sheets of cloth or cardboard to obscure vision of the cars, requires two watchers at 10 - 20 m after the choke points.

1. أولاً و قبل كل شيء، أبقوا متجمعين معاً ، هذه بديهية لأغلبكم، القوة بالكثرة.
2. قسموا أنفسكم الى مجموعات صغيرة حتى تتفادوا التعب. قوموا بالتخطيط الجيد لحماية الأماكن التي ستكمنكم من السيطرة على المنطقة.
3. قوموا بتحضير قنابل المولوتوف، لكن لا تستعملوها إلا عند الضرورة فقط. لإعداد قنبلة مولوتوف: افتح قارورة، املأها بسائل قابل للاشتعال، أغلقها بقطعة قماش لتتمكن من اشعالها عند الحاجة، قطعة القماش يجب ان تكون طويلة نوعاً ما ليكون عندك متسع من الوقت لتتمكن من رميها عند اشتعال الجزء العلوي من القماش
4. تعتبر الجنازير من أفضل الأسلحة ضد العصابات (البلطجية)، المواسير أيضاً فعالة
5. البنادق الهوائية غير فعالة.
6. احصل على هراوات من المجرفة أو من أدوات أخرى، دق مسامير طويلة خلال الهراوات لتصبح أكثر فاعلية
7. استعمل اطارات السيارات لقطع الطرق، اشعل النار فيها، ستكون مفيدة للتدفئة و منع أية سيارة من اختراق الحواجز. قم بإعداد ممرات ضيقة لجعل مرور العصابات أصعب. قم بإزالة الحاجز عندما يستلم الجيش و يسيطر على المنطقة.
8. قم بتكسير اللمبات داخل قطع قماش، قم بنشر قطع الزجاج المكسر عتبات الشبابيك، قطع الزجاج المكسر تخرج أصواتاً عالية و تؤذي البلطجية
9. اتفقوا على إشارة متخصصة في الحالات الطارئة، لا تعطي هذه الإشارة إلا لمن تثق بهم.
10. قم بإزالة السياج الشائك من الحدائق القريبة ان امكن، و قم باستعمالها لحماية الأماكن الحساسة
11. ابق كمية من من المسامير و مراقب على بعد 200 قدم من الحاجز، اذا حاول احدهم من اختراق الحاجز، يقوم المراقب برمي المسامير على الشارع.
12. اذا لم يكن لديك مسامير، انشر زجاج مكسر، و لكنه ليس بنفس الفاعلية
13. افتح أغطية البلاليع، و وجه الحواجز اتجاه البلاليع المفتوحة
14. في حالة عدم وجود مسامير، استخدم قطع قماش أو كرتون كبيرة لحجب الرؤية للسيارات القادمة، هذا يتطلب وجود مراقبين اثنين على بعد 10- 20 متر من الحاجز 

People take control of Egypt's Security.

List found compiled by a Twitter user on the situation in Cairo Areas in the hours between 21:00-24:00 EST on January 29th 2011.

Older news on the bottom:

  • Can someone please compile my tweets on the areas updated into a single text file and upload it somewhere, i can barely see now.
  • @stevecrossan @benjyw @KatieS tweeting limits? I constantly hit them. But not all my info is critical tbh.
  • 3 minutes ago

  • Confirmed: Army Footmen are expected to hit the streets tomorrow morning, not sure if that's a blessing or a curse. #Jan25 Jan25
  • 7 minutes ago
  • ckaratnytsky ChristineKaratnytsky 
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  • @ @alaa see pics:@Jan25 Voices nighttime blockades in Nasr City, Cairo: #Jan25 #Egypt #Jan28
  • 13 minutes ago

  • Phew, those were alot of questions, did i miss anyone?
  • 9 minutes ago

  • @DuvalEaton Not entirely sure to be honest, but i can try to find out.
  • 9 minutes ago

  • @Baalsh lots have been looted. Windows smashed...etc
  • @sarsaroth @jzeelaG If the people get together, they'll take care of the thugs. Not sure what current status there is, sorry :(
  • @coldwarcooking like i said, at worst things have been looted, but no casualties or major injuries reported as of yet.
  • @DuvalEaton I personally believe that the thugs, & the army calling on the youth to protect..etc was a ploy to suppress protests.
  • @DuvalEaton oh yeah, i don't think they'll hit the streets in same numbers since they're too busy protecting their homes.
  • @historicalcurio @AbirElixir They did, but last i knew for sure, he was in still in cairo.
  • @sarsaroth @jzeelaG No clue on the status of the escaped prisoners, however like i said, the thugs can't touch most areas.

  • @jzeelaG I'm sorry, no clue about Mansoura. However knowing the history of the people there, it should be safe.They're tough people.
  • @DuvalEaton Sorry i forgot what the original question was. My brain is over stressed as is, and lots of questions.
  • @freeme70 Unfortunately no clue on that as of yet. Fingers crossed.
  • another update i just got, Alpha market (Maadi) has been looted, broken windows. But no sign of thugs at the moment (23:22 EST) #Jan25 Jan25
  • @coldwarcooking Both. But have heard of no Casualties or major injuries.
  • @alaa I wouldn't mind at all, unfortunately i have to keep the phone lines open at the moment. Maybe later.
  • @atefsaid i don't mind at all. And if someone compiles the reports i gave somewhere, please link me because it would be useful.
  • @Mayonaize Like i said before, ALL of the areas i mentioned, have problem areas, but the point is overall it's safe/unsafe/problematic.
  • @DuvalEaton seems most people are going to be concenred with protecting their families, Most respectable cops doing the same. Seems intended
  • @ellozy Youth and in some cases military. Some thugs have jumped off bridges into the Nile to escape watchers.
  • @AssemMemon Korba is safe, roxy in general is safe now. Wasn't earlier. #Jan25 Jan25
  • @hmoubarek Abassia is widely safe, Daher i honestly don't know. #Jan25 Jan25
  • @ellozy Doesn't seem so. people in control, Shots heard but most people haven't seen anything themselves. Military presence minimal
  • If you asked me a question in the middle of the updates, Please ask again and i will respond now.
  • I'm sorry but i have no information about Alexandria Suez, or any other areas. I do know however that Sharm El sheikh and Hurgada are safe
  • The source of my information are people in EACH area i mentioned. I spent about an 1.5 hrs on the phone calling people and asking. #Jan25
  • I was told about almost every single city around Cairo. Unfortunately i have no information about other areas. If i forgot someplace ask me.
  • Garden City Is safe, Thugs fear the security around the American, Canadian, and British Embassies #Jan25 Jan25
  • Stores and houses in MOST areas overall HAVE been looted and Vandalized, However Order is in place now. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Bridges are being guarded by Youth from slums, fear of attempts at mass destruction of bridges . #Jan25
  • On an overall basis, Cairo is relatively safe. But some minor areas EVEN inside the places reported safe are problematic. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Elwara2 & Imbaba Area basically are saying "security? We've always protected ourselves. Let the Thugs come, they will die" #Jan25 Jan25
  • Medan Lebnan has been a disaster area, however it is now stable. Heavy fighting took place earlier. #Jan25 Jan25
  • No one is protecting NDP buildings, only attempt to help those buildings is to put out the fires. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Maadi is currently safe, was a warzone earlier because of the prison breaks. Some prison guards have died.Youth in control #Jan25 Jan25
  • Helmeyet El zaitoun area is completely safe, People too powerful there, Military establishment increasing security. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Mo2ataam Area is largely safe, some areas problematic, overall most of the areas are safe there, people from slums helping out. #Jan25 Jan25
  • The Museums are safe, Citadel completely safe. Youth are not allowing anyone to touch the heritage. #Jan25 Jan25

  • The youth HAVE been helping the army in putting out the fires, and in some cases on their own completely. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Agouza is a wildcard, some places are completely safe (thx to people from Imbaba) some are not as safe, overall it's safe #Jan25 Jan25

  • There have been several prison breaks, however the numbers are only a few thousand as of yet. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Most university campuses are completely safe, no understanding of why. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Carfour maadi has NOT been burned to the ground, however it has been looted badly. #Jan25 Jan25

  • City Stars has been looted, but not badly. Still standing and relatively ok so far. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Sha3r el Nozha and outlying areas are safe. Due to the youth and proximity of an "officers" apartment block. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Medan Heliopolis and Hegaz areas are safe #Jan25 Jan25
  • 3omarat el 3ebour are safe, most likely due to the proximity to military establishments, youth on the streets. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Almazaa area is completely safe, the youth are out in high numbers: #Jan25 Jan25
  • ALL "sha3by" Areas including shobra are safe. The thugs wouldn't dare touch anyone or anything there. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Roxy Square has (unconfirmed) been completely taken over by the Military. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Madinet Nasr was a minor warzone earlier, but is completely stable, even though army has withdrawn from most areas. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Ahmed Orabi city is safe, All property guards there are now armed with high caliber guns. #Jan25 Jan25

  • El3ebour Widely safe thanks to the people. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Most "Satellite" Towns are completely and totally safe. Including Sadat City. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Mansouria/Abou Rawash area are largely safe. The thugs are afraid (and rightly so) of the farmers #Jan25 Jan25
  • Mohandessin and Dokki still problematic, but people are in control and have blocked off most streets. Watches working together. #Jan25 Jan25
  • 59 minutes ago 

  • Geser El Sewis is problematic in most areas, but the people are now in control. Have fought skirmishes. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Gama3 el Fath area and Mahkama area are safe. Unconfirmed Reports that there have been attempted raids on the courthouse #Jan25 Jan25
  • Zamalek is slightly unstable in a few minor areas, but are widely safe thanks to the youth and the Embassies security #Jan25 Jan25
  • G.Riddance: The watches have caused some deaths to thugs, including some thugs that jumped into the nile to escape the watches. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Military unlike reported is widely NOT in the streets, unlike reports state, the People are having to defend themselves. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Terumph/Safir Areas are completely safe thanks to the Men and women (including the decent cops) #Jan25 Jan25

  • 6th of October is completely safe in places that have a decent population. Isolated villas may have troubles. #Jan25 Jan25

  • The people have been largely successful in protecting their areas, media coverage is "Overblown", Youth + decent cops to thank. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Cops that have retired, or are off duty, or that just ignored the regime, are helping the neighborhood watches. They're not all bad. #Jan25
  • Manyal is a very problematic area, but the people there have taken control, thanks to the youth & cops that are defending their area. #Jan25
  • Confirm that several of the thugs have guns, however most of the militias have at least a few people with guns. #Jan25 Jan25
  • El Tagamo3 El Khames is widely safe thanks to the youth. #Jan25 Jan25

  • People around rehab are patrolling all around the city and outlying areas. so they're relatively safe. #Jan25 Jan25
  • Most areas are safe & stable thanks to the youth, however a few areas like Elnozha Elgedida, are slighty problematic. #Jan25 Jan25

  • Just finished a round of calls to loved ones in Egypt, The next few tweets are going to be the updates i Got from inside Egypt: #Jan25 Jan25

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To the People Of Egypt In regards to the Jan 25 Revolution.

Dear People of glorious Egypt, Fellow Brothers, Sisters, Sons, Daughters, Mothers & Fathers,

Understand this; this is nothing less than a war. A war for our freedoms. This is not a war led by the Muslim Brotherhood, or a political party, or anyone else. This is a revolution led by the people, for the people. But it is a War nonetheless.

Do not deter, do not lose hope, do not Despair. Do not give up. Never give up.

For years and years you were apathetic. For years you felt that there was nothing you could do. For years you were impotent and hopeless.

But that is no longer the case, The events of the past few days have proven beyond a shadow of doubt, that you DO have the power, you DO have a voice, you CAN change things; You are not Helpless. You are not hopeless. You are not impotent. You & ONLY you have the Power.

My Brethren, for too long we have remained silent. For too long we have accepted as they eroded our rights away under the pretense that they are protecting us from Israel, From other nonexistent threats, That they are better than the alternative, that anyone that is against them is someone out to destroy us. That is not the reality, and it has never been the reality. It was merely a series of lies and propaganda intended to scare us into submission, to demean us, to enslave us. But no more.

No longer will we sit idly by believing the lies.

No longer will we allow them to enslave and demean us.

No longer will we be sheep.

No longer will we allow them to prey on us.

No Longer will we be silent.

No longer.

A Government that is not a representation of what the people need & want, is not a legitimate government, it is a group of thugs, a medieval monarchy, and You the people of Egypt have spoken, You have said what you need, what you want, and it is not Mubarak, it is not a group of thugs and thieves that call themselves our government in an attempt to appear Legitimate to the rest of the world and to us.

For too long we have allowed them to corrupt & weaken us, until we as a people, who were once the forefront of the world, who were once the pinnacle of civilization and enlightenment, had nothing real to be proud of anymore but ancient accomplishments and ancient victories.

No more will we be corrupted, we are proud, and you should be proud of what we have accomplished so far, we have scared them, we have shaken them, and we will not rest until we destroy the demons that take the guise of angels.

What can they do to harm you?

Are you afraid they'll starve you? How many of your fellow Egyptians sleep everyday without a scrap of food?!

Are you afraid of what they'll do to your children? What future do they have with our state of education and economy?

Are you afraid they'll hurt you? Kill you?

Tell me, how many Accidents have happened out of negligence?
How many people have suffered or died in hospitals out of lack of supplies and staff?
How many varieties of tainted food and water have we had spread in the population to fatten gluttonous corrupt wallets?
How much radiation has bombarded us because of illegal deals & Ignorance of restrictions?
How much harm has already come to us?

They cannot do more harm to us than they have already done, unless we accept it and allow it.

Remember as Edmund Burke said "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do .... If good men do nothing"

For how long were we going to sit silently and accept being second class citizens in our own country?!

Never Again.

People of Egypt, They will threaten you with insults, arrests, violence, tanks, Guns, armed forces, everything they can think of, because they are weakening, they are losing their control because we have finally seen through their shroud of lies and propaganda. Do not be afraid. They have lost their grip on us. Do not be afraid.

They are tyrants, they are evil, and they are demons. Do not fear them, because the truth and light is on your side.

This is just the start of something beautiful, but we must be willing to fight, no matter how it scares us, no matter what may happen to us. Do not let the spark die, Turn the spark into a full blown scorching fire and burn the ground from under their feet.

Other revolutions in history have changed the course of history with the odds against them being even worse than ours. They did not have twitter or facebook, they did not have internet, they did not have portable cameras, and yet they were victorious.

We will be victorious, but there are a few steps that should be taken:

1st We need to spread the word of revolution to those without internet access, to those in distant villages and cities, we need EVERYONE in Egypt to know why the people are revolting, because the only information some people have, is the propaganda they get from Government controlled Radio and T.V.

2nd We need to be prepared for what's coming, things are going to get MUCH worse before they get much better, don't just let anger take over you, be prepared.

3rd I do not directly condone violence, and I never will. But in the words of JFK (also Quoted by Martin Luther King) "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable", If they attack you, if they hurt you, do not hesitate to fight back, you're fighting not only for your rights, but for your life and the life and rights of everyone you care about.

4th We need to show the rest of the world what is going on. We need the truth to be exposed against the lies of the regime.

Most importantly, do not stop until you get your demands. Do not give up. Do not stop no matter what they do to you, fight for freedom until your last breath, because without freedom, we have nothing.

We have been Lambs & Sheep for too long, but no more. We are no longer lambs, we are no longer sheep; and without a flock there is nothing left for a sheep herder to control. We have replaced our fear with anger, and we will no longer be afraid.

So Harness your anger and rise;

Rise People of Egypt

Rise Brethren

Rise Fighters for Freedom and never back down.

Rise and do not lose hope, we will be victorious!

Raise your head high and RISE!

I hate to quote a movie in these circumstances, but "Rise and Rise again, until Lambs become lions"

And we will no longer be lambs.