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Egyptian activists have been circulating a kind of primer to Friday's planned protest. We were sent the plan by two separate sources and have decided to publish excerpts here, with translations into English. Over Twitter, we connected with a translator, who translated the document with exceptional speed.
While media analysts debate whether social media is fueling revolt in the Middle East and North Africa or whether the US has helped keep regional dictatorships in power, one thing is very clear: The Arab masses are sick and tired of being sick and tired. From Tunisia spread a renewed hope that Arabs are experiencing a re-awakening of the collective conscience. The protests we have seen there as well as in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Algeria and Yemen are not simply about the deposition of an authoritarian president or ruling party. They are about dismantling archaic forms of governance in which the ruler is considered to be beyond reproach and economic policies are determined by his self-preserving business elite allies. During World War I, Turkey was referred to as the sick man of Europe.
Organisation de manifestations, témoignages, censure, etc : les réseaux sociaux jouent un rôle certain dans la révolte qui agite l’Égypte. Pour mieux en saisir l’ampleur, nous avons joint Tarek Shalaby au Caire. Concepteur de sites web, ce jeune Égyptien manie le web avec aisance, ce qui nous a permis d’entrer en contact avec lui facilement par Skype. « Il n’y avait pas de leader, de parti politique. Ça a été pour le peuple. […] C’est pour ça qu’on a utilisé Facebook », soutient-il.
The Front to Defend Egypt Protestors documented the government crackdown on demonstrators via controlling the flow of information through online platforms and communications means, through the Ministry of Communication and Technology in Egypt in cooperation with telecommunication companies Vodafone, Mobinil and Etisalat. The following took place: 1.