News of mass demonstrations is never met with ease, especially when protests occur in a country I will be traveling to four months from now.
Yesterday, tens of thousands of Egyptians unsatisfied with their government rallied against the country’s declining economy, corruption and unemployment.
Today in Cairo and elsewhere around the country, protesters continued the demonstrations. They ignored a new ban on public gatherings by marching against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. In front of Cairo’s press and lawyers’ syndicate buildings, more than 100 people shouted slogans, outnumbered by a force of security officers, according to The Lede.
Reports have acknowledged that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube aided protesters by coordinating news of the unrest. The level of assistance each social media tool contributed to the uprising, however, is being debated. But I still find it interesting that, in this digital revolution we live in, social media are being used to assist in every aspect of our lives – even in social movements.
Ever since I learned of my acceptance into the Dialogue of Civilizations (DOC) program on Dec. 26, 2010, family members and friends have reminded me of the seemingly continued unrest in Egypt. For example, an Egyptian tour bus accident left eight Americans dead, and another 21 injured over the Christmas holiday. A New Year’s Day bombing outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo killed at least 23 people. Less than two weeks ago, a police officer opened fire on a train in Samalut.
But, despite the news, I tell my loved ones that we pay more attention now to current events in Egypt because I am going there soon. Though they might be for different reasons, let’s not forget that protests and crashes can happen right here in Boston, too.
Second inserted photo from Wikimedia Commons.