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Egypt passes point of no return, for Mubarak and besieged pro-democracy

Point of no return in Egypt. Mubarak is overseeing crimes from which he will not be able to walk away. Pro-Democracy demonstrators cannot leave Al Tahrir Square. Not because it is barricaded and besieged by plain-clothed “Pro-Mubarak protesters” but because activists who go home face immediate arrest by the secret police. Even as thugs harass the protesters, unhindered by the Egyptian army, Human Rights Watch expresses most concern for the protest organizers who are vulnerable to infiltrators facilitating their abduction or assassination by sniper. Here’s an illuminating first hand account from an activist who writes as Sandmonkey:
 
UPDATE 3/3 AM: Colleagues report Sandmonkey apprehended ferrying medical supplies to Al Tahrir Square. First an inspiration, now his statement is prophetic. UPDATE 3/3 tweets: “I am ok. I got out. I was ambushed & beaten by the police, my phone confiscated, my car ripped apart & supplies taken” and “Please don’t respond to my phone or BBM. This isn’t me. My phone was confiscated by a thug of an officer who insults those who call.”

EGYPT, RIGHT NOW!
Thursday, 3 Feb 2011

I don’t know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one’s friend house to another friend’s house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least.

It didn’t start out that way. On Tuesday Jan 25 it all started peacefully, and against all odds, we succeeded to gather hundreds of thousands and get them into Tahrir Square, despite being attacked by Anti-Riot Police who are using sticks, tear gas and rubber bullets against us. We managed to break all of their barricades and situated ourselves in Tahrir. The government responded by shutting down all cell communication in Tahrir square, a move which purpose was understood later when after midnight they went in with all of their might and attacked the protesters and evacuated the Square. The next day we were back at it again, and the day after. Then came Friday and we braved their communication blackout, their thugs, their tear gas and their bullets and we retook the square. We have been fighting to keep it ever since.

That night the government announced a military curfew, which kept getting shorter by the day, until it became from 8 am to 3 pm. People couldn’t go to work, gas was running out quickly and so were essential goods and money, since the banks were not allowed to operate and people were not able to collect their salary. The internet continued to be blocked, which affected all businesses in Egypt and will cause an economic meltdown the moment they allow the banks to operate again. We were being collectively punished for daring to say that we deserve democracy and rights, and to keep it up, they withdrew the police, and then sent them out dressed as civilians to terrorize our neighborhoods. I was shot at twice that day, one of which with a semi-automatic by a dude in a car that we the people took joy in pummeling. The government announced that all prisons were breached, and that the prisoners somehow managed to get weapons and do nothing but randomly attack people. One day we had organized thugs in uniforms firing at us and the next day they disappeared and were replaced by organized thugs without uniforms firing at us. Somehow the people never made the connection.

Despite it all, we braved it. We believed we are doing what’s right and were encouraged by all those around us who couldn’t believe what was happening to their country. What he did galvanized the people, and on Tuesday, despite shutting down all major roads leading into Cairo, we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak’s departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime’s ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn’t nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today.

Today, they brought back the internet, and started having people calling on TV and writing on facebook on how they support Mubarak and his call for stability and peacefull change in 8 months. They hung on to the words of the newly appointed government would never harm the protesters, whom they believe to be good patriotic youth who have a few bad apples amongst them. We started getting calls asking people to stop protesting because “we got what we wanted” and “we need the country to start working again”. People were complaining that they miss their lives. That they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery. That they need us to stop so they can resume whatever existence they had before all of this. All was forgiven, the past week never happened and it’s time for Unity under Mubarak’s rule right now.

To all of those people I say: NEVER! I am sorry that your lives and businesses are disrupted, but this wasn’t caused by the Protesters. The Protesters aren’t the ones who shut down the internet that has paralyzed your businesses and banks: The government did. The Protesters weren’t the ones who initiated the military curfew that limited your movement and allowed goods to disappear off market shelves and gas to disappear: The government did. The Protesters weren’t the ones who ordered the police to withdraw and claimed the prisons were breached and unleashed thugs that terrorized your neighborhoods: The government did. The same government that you wish to give a second chance to, as if 30 years of dictatorship and utter failure in every sector of government wasn’t enough for you. The Slaves were ready to forgive their master, and blame his cruelty on those who dared to defy him in order to ensure a better Egypt for all of its citizens and their children. After all, he gave us his word, and it’s not like he ever broke his promises for reform before or anything.

Then Mubarak made his move and showed them what useful idiots they all were.

You watched on TV as “Pro-Mubarak Protesters” – thugs who were paid money by NDP members by admission of High NDP officials- started attacking the peaceful unarmed protesters in Tahrir square. They attacked them with sticks, threw stones at them, brought in men riding horses and camels- in what must be the most surreal scene ever shown on TV- and carrying whips to beat up the protesters. And then the Bullets started getting fired and Molotov cocktails started getting thrown at the Anti-Mubarak Protesters as the Army standing idly by, allowing it all to happen and not doing anything about it. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured, and there was no help sent by ambulances. The Police never showed up to stop those attacking because the ones who were captured by the Anti-mubarak people had police ID’s on them. They were the police and they were there to shoot and kill people and even tried to set the Egyptian Museum on Fire. The Aim was clear: Use the clashes as pretext to ban such demonstrations under pretexts of concern for public safety and order, and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt. But their plans ultimately failed, by those resilient brave souls who wouldn’t give up the ground they freed of Egypt, no matter how many live bullets or firebombs were hurled at them. They know, like we all do, that this regime no longer cares to put on a moderate mask. That they have shown their true nature. That Mubarak will never step down, and that he would rather burn Egypt to the ground than even contemplate that possibility.

In the meantime, State-owned and affiliated TV channels were showing coverage of Peaceful Mubarak Protests all over Egypt and showing recorded footage of Tahrir Square protest from the night before and claiming it’s the situation there at the moment. Hundreds of calls by public figures and actors started calling the channels saying that they are with Mubarak, and that he is our Father and we should support him on the road to democracy. A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. She claimed that AlJazeera is lying, and that the only people in Tahrir square now were Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. State TV started issuing statements on how the people arrested Israelis all over Cairo engaged in creating mayhem and causing chaos. For those of you who are counting this is an American-Israeli-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood-Iranian-Hamas conspiracy. Imagine that. And MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT. I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

Now, just in case this isn’t clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won’t say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay “because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people”. This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can’t. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can’t allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn’t over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak’s gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

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Comment from Tony   (IP: 97.112.144.107)
Time: February 3, 2011, 7:52 am

I am inspired by the Arab revolt because it is a massive rejection by millions of people against the Democrats’ plans for more war throughout Asia and elsewhere.

The Arab World is unlike the American Liberal World though. Most people in these Middle East countries can see through the manipulation of the Democrats, while most American liberals refuse to open their eyes to it. The world changes and the American liberals remain stuck with their heads in the sand.

Comment from Brother Jonah   (IP: 174.24.50.25)
Time: February 3, 2011, 9:45 am

Yeah. State department is backing Mubarak’s play, what more did you want? Also running a coordinated attack in Yemen.

I mean, sure, we could blame Obama for shit that’s been boiling since more than a decade before he was even BORN. But Tony, man, there’s no way America can “manage” the events happening now. Not under Obama, not under Bush the Simple, not under Clinton, Bush The Not Quite As Stupid, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman…

Not like they’re going to sit back, you know, and allow the Empire to deconstruct without some show of force, but “we” don’t have the force to show anymore. “We” the people are bankrupt, so are “They” the Empire who bankrupted “us”
Welcome to Paris 1955 and London 1948.

Even if there HAD been a complete pull-out from VietRaqiStan on Inauguration Day we’d be seeing the same thing.
It’s a height of Narcissism for any Dictator, here or abroad, to say he’s in full control of anything.

Comment from Tony   (IP: 97.112.144.107)
Time: February 3, 2011, 10:09 am

Nobody is blaming one man, Obama, for everything. But it is correct to blame 1/2 of the American Political Establishment, The Democratic Party, for what their policies are and do to us and the rest of the world.

Comment from Tony   (IP: 97.112.144.107)
Time: February 4, 2011, 1:57 am

This is my last comment I will ever post your way at NMT.

Comment from Uncle Sam   (IP: 63.230.73.213)
Time: February 15, 2011, 3:10 pm

If you think forcing Mubarak out will yield a better life for anyone, you have not lived in that neck of the woods- there are centuries of patriarchal, tribal rule – nothing will change overnight – only a new Army strongman. As a friend once told me, “I against my brother, my brother and I against the infidel”. So hold off a bit before you do your happy dance.

Comment from Brother Jonah   (IP: 174.24.9.95)
Time: February 15, 2011, 6:46 pm

Ah but there’s more to it than just local.

Mubarak wasn’t a “leader” of Egypt, he’s a puppet of American Corporate Interests. He didn’t hold onto power by his own hand, he was held in power by the Empire. U.S. Empire.
So were the other puppet dictators on the list.

Basically the worst kind of welfare whore, the ones who will sell their brothers to the “infidel” in order to live in luxury. Dude has more money than Bill Gates and every penny of it blood money.

Infidel is a Roman word by the way.

Means, “unfaithful” like Sarah Palin calling herself a Rogue and a Renegade. She might as well add in Infidel.

Any U.S. leaders who claimed that Christ was guiding their greedy nasty bloodstained hands would also be infidel.

Add in “blasphemer”.

Cheney, for instance, remember him? Another thief.

Good business accomplices with Mubarak and Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega until Saddam and Manny demanded a bigger cut.

Say, did you know his ventriloquist dummy, George the Chimpleton, is getting a medal come April for supposedly being a “Christian Warrior” when he’s never been either a Christian or a warrior? Right here in the springs.

Comment from Brother Jonah   (IP: 174.24.9.95)
Time: February 15, 2011, 11:27 pm

So, really, you judge the entire society and culture of not just Egypt but any in the region (which are different cultures and not interchangeable in any way, unless you’ll agree to us all being Children of God, most “exceptionalists” don’t)

But their dictatorship has been the United States government for decades. Would that mean that Americans are so culturally (o, no, better not say the “R” word racially) inferior in a non-racial way that we can’t be trusted with democracy, and MUST have dictators like Nixon or Reagan or Bush? I mean, living in a satrapy under an empire is similar to having a state governor and city council, but without any rights of citizenship in the Empire.

Exceptionalism is a fancy workaround for Racism, by the way.

I can see why forces of the Empire would be shitting white right about now. They’ve been telling the troops that they’re so much better than the wogs/sand-niggers/towel-heads/Muzzle-monkeys that they can decide the course of their individual and cultural lives for more than a century to come, until “the naked little brown brothers” are mature enough to be allowed democracy, guided of course by The Great White Father in Washington or London or Paris.

Shit, every Western leader is cautiously saying that they’re not really against Islam, as long as it’s Islam run by THEIR guidance and anything else is Radical Islam and must be punished.

I was raised in evangelical protestant churches in the South. You know what Evangelicals would say about a foreign power with a different religious background coming to Texas and telling the Baptists, for instance, how to worship Jesus in a non-threatening way?

Please, plead ignorance, make it more sporting…

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