Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Change Beckons in Tunisia & Egypt

Change will not be stopped at the door. Change demanded entry. And so one Tunisian’s self-immolation on December 28, 2010 and fueled by social media, cell phones and young people sparked a violent uprising of angry fellow citizens. After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, Tunisia’s president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was driven from power on January 14.

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Then change knocked on Egypt’s door. When an electronic message first came out that a revolution was being planned for January 25, the Egyptians were skeptical. But people did gather in their thousands and the protests grew so big, so raucous, so unrelenting. What started as a peaceful day with only chants for change, unfolded, into a day, and subsequent ones, with unprecedented widespread brutality at the hands of police and their thugs – until the Army stepped in and took control. As a result of continued popular protest and pressure, Mubarak finally resigned from office, quietly leaving Cairo on February 11.
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And citizens in other countries became emboldened and they too took to the streets. Algeria. Bahrain. Jordan. Libya. Morocco. Yemen. There is genuine anger on the streets. We are witnessing the unleashing of people power. When the fury of a people is so devastating, despots will flee. It will happen. It’s just a question of when. It’s only a matter of time. All I know is that it will be very soon. Change is irrevocable. Change is upon us.

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