*Update: A curfew has just been declared in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez . The order came from Mubarak, the commander-in-chief of Egypt's armed forces. (See below)*
The Egyptian people today poured out on the streets across the country demanding the end of President Mubarak's regime. The pictures speak for themselves; the anger, the passion, the dedication to the cause...
The government has shut down mobile telephone communications and cut internet access. Of course the bureaucrats did not count on the resourcefulness of the protesters.
I believe the Cairo government has been caught off-guard because it is attuned to the security demands of the decades-old faceoff with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). However, seeing the young women and men of the new generation at the heart of these protests, to my mind, explains why the government hasn't been able to head off the unfolding scenes across Egypt. Security arrested this morning several MB members, perhaps hoping to head off what would follow the Friday prayers. But this is not an Islamist-led protest. It's a genuine popular action in which the activists are deploying the modern tools of the communication era.
Two crucial questions pose themselves now:
Ultimately, these are historic days. The people have spoken after a centuries-long silence and I'm glad that they have.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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