Revolution in Ägypten

Ich habe mich aus eins, zwei ziemlich unwichtigen Gründen in den letzten Tagen nicht mit der Situation im Nahen Osten und in Ägypten beschäftigt und lese mich da grade erst ein. Der Atlantic hat die Übersetzung eines Flyers mit einer How-To-Protest-Anleitung, die Stimmung dort fängt das Posting bei Big Picture ganz gut ein: Protest spreads in the Middle East und derweil hat Ägypten seine Bevölkerung anscheinend komplett vom Internet abgeschnitten. Am erhellendsten ist aber wohl erstmal dieses Blogposting: What’s Happening in Egypt Explained.

Why are Egyptians unhappy? They have basically no more freedom than Tunisians. Egypt is ranked 138th of 167 countries on The Economist’s Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom. That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia. And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west. 

How did this all start? This particular round of protests started with the protests in Tunisia. But like their Tunisian counterparts, Egyptian protesters have pointed to a specific incident as inspiration for the unrest. Many have cited the June 2010 beating death of Khaled Said (warning: graphic photos), allegedly at the hands of police, as motivation for their rage. But it’s also clear that the issues here are larger.

What’s Happening in Egypt Explained (via BoingBoing)

[update] spOnline: „das Hauptquartier der Regierungspartei brennt“, angeblich schlagen sich vereinzelt Teile des Militärs und der Polizei auf die Seite der Demonstranten. Hier der Liveticker auf Al Jazeera, hier der auf spOnline.

Hier das Liveblog von Al Jazeera: „We've got more footage to show you from earlier tonight, and we're working on continually uploading selections from our special coverage. Here, you can see protesters tonight in Cairo defying a curfew and attacking armored trucks - a widely recognized symbol of Egypt's repressive security apparatus.“

Hier das Liveblog vom Guardian: „The army has deployed in Alexandria but atmosphere is calm. Soldiers are talking to protestors. Confirmed that Alexandria governorate and many police stations burned down.“

Vom Liveblog in Salon: „"The people and the army -- we are one." This quote reportedly being chanted on the streets of Cairo may be known as the turning point in Egypt's burgeoning revolution. The iconic image of people climbing on top of tanks in central Cairo shows this sense of solidarity, which commentators are recognizing more and more as a turning point. Just as the Army's involvement in Tunisia led to the government's collapse, many claim that a similar story could follow in Egypt.“

[update] Über die Rolle des Militärs in Ägypten und warum es anscheinend von den Protestanten beim Auftauchen herzlich begrüsst und beinahe gefeiert wird, gibt es hier ein interessantes Bit aus einem grade geleakten Kabel von Wikileaks: Wikileaks just released a shit ton of cables on Egypt: „Dr. Dessouki's most important message, he said was to always keep in mind that "the real center of power in Egypt is the military," a reference he said included all security forces. Dessouki noted that while the military did not intervene directly in matters of day to day governance, it(s) leaders were determined to maintain order and that the importance of a "legal transition" should not be underestimated.“

[update] Power.

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