Thursday, January 27, 2011

guys what is our plan if the government pull the plug of internet tomorrow ??

Dave is home, allhumdillallah. Big protests planned for tomorrow. Facebook, Twitter, text messaging all shut down, though people have been finding ways around the blocks. People downtown are unlocking their wifi to allow protesters to upload text and video. Thought this was interesting from Twitter feed:

"RT @Zeinobia guys what is our plan if the government pull the plug of internet tomorrow ?? #jan25 "

These guys in power are on the ropes and they are not kidding around. It's possible protesters will get fired on tomorrow. we are safe-- our neighborhood is far from all of this. No mothers I know are planning to go, though most of us would like to. But if they did shut down all access to the internet tomorrow? I don't even know if it's possible, but that would be the end of it. TV News is not really covering the protests-- even Al Jazeera. Not sure why-- corruption probably. If activists lost internet contact . . . it would be much harder to find the courage to face the police I think.

As sympathetic as the protest movement is, and it is-- what I've seen is totally inspiring and amazing-- it's not clear it would be all that great if Mubarak stepped down. In an ideal world, this would take a few months and people could think a bit about what they would like to happen next. The tension is that this momentum won't last forever. If protesters don't keep up the pressure now, they may lose their chance.

Ok, this is all off-topic for the K boys blog, but it's pretty fascinating.

8 comments:

William Bradford said...

My goodness! I haven't seen the likes of this since the British government closed the Post Office. It sounds like the Tea Party has come Egypt.

Much love,

WB

Uncle Arthur said...

Keep writing! Take some pictures! This is much more exciting than portland, oregon.

Kath said...

MOre of this please ! Put that video on face book

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you all--sounds fascinating, as long as it stays away from your front door... xo Nonie

Laura said...

Who does the opposition thinking would lead? ElBadarei (sp.). The ouster of Mubarak does seem to leave a void in the immediate future. Is there any way the protracted would accept concessions.?

This is an amazing view of world events - Thanks for that and you continued safety !!!!

Laura

Laura said...

Er that's auto correct going awry - should be protesters not protracted.

EL said...

Following your updates closely and with fascination. Keep it up! More than one reporter in that household...

Be safe. Love to all.

Clara Belli said...

Thinking about you every moment. We check for news and follow both of your stories. All of our love. Come to Kiev if you need a break from the excitement.