Since we are discussing Egypt this week, I figured I would keep my blog post on the same topic. Today marked the two year anniversary since the overthrow of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian people are very upset with their current government, with many Egyptians wanting Mubarak's successor Mohamed Morsi out of office. Last night, a small group of Egyptian protestors in Cairo approached the presidential palace and began throwing rocks over the fence. The Egyptian police quickly responded with water cannons to shut the rallies down. Then, the police released tear gas to break up the remaining protestors.
This incident, to me, demonstrates the frustration of the Egyptian people toward their government. Two years ago, Hosni Mubarak and his government was overthrown. Now, two years later, the transition to the current regime has been a failure. This reminds me of our conversation we had in class about Tunisia, and if revolutions can be deemed successful or unsuccessful. Obviously, the Egyptian people were optimistic only two years ago, but after watching a few interviews with people in Cairo, they are even more upset than when Mubarak was in office. One individual said he and everyone else wants Morsi and his government to step down. He says, "Only a quarter of Egyptians elected him and now he [Morsi] is killing his own people."
Furthermore, after clashes with the police for the past several months, many protestors have been killed. Yet, activists said that nobody has been held responsible for these killings.
It will be interesting to learn more about Egypt's situation during lecture this week. This entire situation just enforces the fact that nothing is for certain, and that even transitions that seem successful can always turn bad in a heartbeat. I feel bad for the local protestors who got hit with tear gas, although they did begin the rally by throwing rocks at the presidential palace. However, some people
Original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132111843493885.html