Tunisia Sets Example, Egypt Follows Suit

Egypt, may you never yield to tyranny again.

Its been a long time coming for Egypt and Hosni Mubarak. Reports of police brutality and torture hit a crescendo in June of last year, with the beating death of Khalid Said. The prominent Egyptian businessman’s murder in Alexandria sparked semi-organized protests across Egypt using sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Ben Ali was removed from power and now faces an arrest warrant for over 23 years of looting the Tunisian economy

Thirty years of laws allowing security forces absolute power coincides almost exactly with the reign of Hosni Murbark, who first took office in 1981, and remains there to this day.

The Egyptian government was slow to learn that 2011 was not a year of generous toleration of dictators. What started last year as sporadic protests in Cairo and Alexandria has spread like wildfire across the country.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took office in 1981

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took office in 1981

Emboldened by the people Tunisia, who this year struck out against an increasingly censored media and president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, the people of Egypt now move to follow suit. Ben Ali was removed from power and now faces an arrest warrant for over 23 years of looting the Tunisian economy during the course of his dictatorship. Hosni Mubarak may not be far behind.

Today is billed as day two of Egypt’s journey towards freedom by a Facebook group commemorating slain businessman Khaled Said. Both Twitter and Facebook are claimed to have been shut down by the Egyptian government. Still, it appears many are finding ways to circumvent the firewall and post live status updates on both sites.

The people of Egypt have lived under the rule of Hosni Mubarak and his censorship and oppression of the people for almost 30 years. Tunisia has set the tone for the new year, and Egypt is becoming the next tribute, that a people cannot be kept down by the greed and ambition of just man.

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