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.