Friday, May 20

Homage to the Egyptian women who did the revolution

It seems so long ago but it was last January, 25 that these young people started gathering at the Tahir square doing the unthinkable. In January, 18 Asmaa Mahfouz did a video saying that four Egyptians had set themselves on fire to protest of the humiliation, hanger, poverty and degradation they lived for 30 years and they thought that their self-immolation could trigger a revolution like in Tunisia. One of them died that day. Some people's reaction was condemn claiming that he had sinned, killing himself for nothing.
Asmaa said that she would go to Tahir Square and hold up a banner and maybe people should show some honor. After a defeat in the first attempt she asked people to unite at Tahir Square to fight not for political rights but for human rights, for dignity in January, 25.
They went and they won. It was not easy, people died and others were injured but the revolution was peaceful if it wasn't for the crackdowns. 
That's the violent side of all revolutions and let's not forget Tiananmen square. This post made this blog censored in China.Two Chinese virtual friends stopped having access to the blog. I could hardly believe. 
At El Jazeera there is an article about women of the revolution and I copied part of two of them.

Mona Seif, 24, researcher
 I have never felt as at peace and as safe as I did during those days in Tahrir

The daughter of a political activist who was imprisoned at the time of her birth and the sister of a blogger who was jailed by the Mubarak regime, Mona Seif says nothing could have prepared her for the scale and intensity of the protests.
"I didn't think it was going to be a revolution. I thought if we could [mobilise] a couple of thousand people then that would be great.

I was angry about the corruption in the country, [about the death of] Khaled Said and the torture of those suspected but never convicted [of being behind] the Alexandria Coptic church [bombing].

I realised this was going to be bigger than we had anticipated when 20,000 people marched towards Tahrir Square on January 25. That is when we saw a shift; it was not about the minimum wage or emergency law anymore. It became much bigger than this, it turned into a protest against the regime, demanding that Mubarak step down and that parliament be dissolved. (keep reading)

Salma El Tarzi, 33, filmmaker
What kept us going was the conviction that we did not have any option - it was either freedom or go to jail

"Having never been politically active, Salma El Tarzi was sceptical about the protesters’ chances of getting their demands met until the day when she stood on her balcony and saw the crowds. She decided to join the protesters and has not looked back since.
"I was protesting on my own on the 26th and 27th, but bumped into my younger brother in the crowd by chance on the 28th. We just carried on from then onward.

What kept us going was the conviction that we did not have any option - it was either stay and fight for freedom or go to jail.

My dad has been very supportive. He was getting to the point where he was telling me and my brother: "Don't run away from gun fire, run towards it."

While in Tahrir we were all receiving threatening calls telling us that if we didn’t vacate the square we would be hunted and killed. But we didn't care at that point. We were at the point of no return. (keep reading)"

I believe that Gigi Ibrahim, who became a spokesperson of the revolution in the western media, is known by most of the people who followed the revolution or is paying attention on the uprising still going on.
These young women and men made our hearts and minds dream again and believe that, yes, we can have our voices heard. But we have to start talking!
I don't understand why what is happening in Wisconsin is not being reported by any media in America. Here some news of the third month of Wisconsin Capitol protests. What is happening America? American women, guide them!

Update: September,1
Please read this post if you're interested in understanding the Arab Spring and the Egyptian revolution.

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