Understanding the Egyptian Uprising For Democracy, Report from the Ground

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January 25 witnessed widespread street protests in Egypt. 90,000 Egyptians came out in seven main squares in Cairo while tens of thousands more came out in Alexandria, Mahalla, Suez, and several other Egyptian cities. The protests continue today in downtown Cairo as I write.

The popular uprising was first proposed on Facebook via the “We are all Khaled Said” page, a group with more than 400,000 members dedicated to the memory of Khaled Said, a young Egyptian activist from Alexandria who was brutally tortured and fatally beaten into a pulp by local police last year.

17 opposition groups, as well as a number of prominent intellectuals and celebrities officially endorsed and joined the uprising. The Muslim Brotherhood did not officially endorse the protests though members likely joined in their individual capacities.

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