Essays: Egypt and Egyptian Revolution

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Milton Obispo
Mr. Mauchley
English II
March 22, 2012
The Egyptian Revolution
The 2011–2012 Egyptian revolution took place following an uprising that began on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 and is still continuing as today of 2012. The uprising took place in Cairo, Alexandria, and in other cities in Egypt. It was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labor strikes. Millions of protesters from a variety of religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Despite being peaceful in nature, the revolution was not without violent clashes between security forces and protesters, with at least 846 people killed and 6,000 injured.
Hosni Mubarak became president and head of the republic government following the 1981 assassination of President Anwar El Sadat, and continued to serve until 2011. Mubarak's 30-year reign made him the longest-serving President in Egypt's history, with his government maintaining one-party rule under a continuous state of emergency. Mubarak's government earned the support of the West and continuing the use of aid from the United States by maintaining policies of suppression towards Islamic militants and peace with Israel. Hosni Mubarak was often compared to an Egyptian pharaoh by the media and by some of his critics due to his authoritarian rule. The demonstrations are aimed at the 30 year reign of Hosni Mubarak. The protesters are tired of the repressive and corrupt government, so protests broke out against the Mubarak ran government. To appease the protesters Hosni Mubarak has asked the entire government to resign, and replaced the prime minister with Ahmed Shafik, a retired Air Force General, and also appointed Omar Suleiman as vice president. It is the first time since he took power, that he has had a vice president. This did little to ease the protesters. Mohammed Ebaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said “The Egyptian people are saying one thing! President Hosni Mubarak must leave.” These people are catching a lot of attention from other Middle Eastern countries as well. The once peaceful protests soon turned violent, with looting and ransacking abroad. The protests in the streets were too much for the police to handle, so they retreated and were replaced by the Egyptian army. “The retreating police were replaced by the more popular Egyptian army, which was welcomed by protesters who hugged soldiers and snapped souvenir photos of their tanks.” The army was a welcoming site for the protesters who knew that the army would side with the people. Nabil Abdel Fattah said “This is the nation’s army, not Mubarak’s army,” the deputy director knows the army will side with the people of Egypt; they don’t want to fight their own people.
In Egypt the communication to the outside world was entirely cut off. Similar to Animal Farm, the animals were never allowed to leave or talk to people outside the farm. Egypt had suffered a communication blackout and family with family members in Egypt could not be contacted by family outside the country so whereabouts of the family were inconclusive. In Animal Farm Boxer had been hurt so the dictator Napoleon said he had called the doctor but the cart that they arrived in said it was a glue factory but he had also said that the doctor had purchased a new cart and had just forgot to repaint it. After Boxer had been taken away the animals had no contact outside the farm so the whereabouts of Boxer were unknown.
As the revolution in Egypt catches the attention of the…