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Unrest in Egypt

The reasons for the unrest

ElBaradei, the visible face of the opposition

The importance of Egypt

dimarts, 1 de febrer de 2011
For a week now, Egypt, the most influential country in the Arab world, has been in the throes of a popular, democratic revolt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1981.

The revolt was inspired by the protests that broke out in another Arab country, Tunisia, last December. The Tunisian revolt managed to overthrow the authoritarian regime of Ben Ali, who was forced to flee abroad.

Large cities such as Alexandria and the capital, Cairo, have seen tens of thousands of Egyptians take part in street protests in the past week. Mubarak has responded by imposing a curfew, blocking internet access and increasing police repression, which is said to have resulted in at least one hundred deaths.

Although Mubarak has dismissed his entire government, he has not managed to quell the protests. What the protesters want is the resignation of Mubarak himself. In fact, the president's days could be numbered. Yesterday, the army, which has a strong influence in Egypt, said that it considered the protesters' demands to be legitimate and that it would not use weapons to suppress the revolt.

Meanwhile, a mass protest is planned to be held today in Cairo, with up to one million citizens expected to attend.
  • ! Actualització el 07/02/2011 a les 06:45

The reasons for the unrest

+ The Egyptian people have taken to the streets to protest against their lack of liberties.
The Egyptian people have taken to the streets to protest against their lack of liberties, smothered by thirty years under an authoritarian regime (under no circumstances do the people want Mubarak to be succeeded by his son, Gamal), as well as the poverty that is affecting the country, the high unemployment rates, corruption, the young people's lack of hope or expectations, and the rising prices, among other reasons. In fact these are more or less the same causes that sparked the Tunisian uprising.

ElBaradei, the visible face of the opposition

+ ElBaradei received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Since he arrived in Egypt less than a week ago, Mohamed ElBaradei has emerged as the visible face of the opposition to Mubarak's regime. ElBaradei, who was Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for twelve years from 1997 to 2009, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his efforts towards preventing the application of nuclear energy for military uses. On Sunday he received the backing of all of the opposition parties to negotiate a way out of the crisis, including that of the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious group that is strongly influential throughout the country.

The importance of Egypt

+ Flag of Egypt.
Egypt, which has inherited the magnificent culture of the Pharaohs, is not just any country, but the most influential and highly populated Arab power, with close to eighty million inhabitants. Furthermore, it has come to be a key player in the peace process between Palestine and Israel, which hopes to bring an end to a conflict that has been dragging on for decades (in 1979, Egypt became the first country to sign a peace treaty with Israel). For all these reasons, the Western world is keeping a close eye on the revolutionary occurrences of the last few days.


  • Egypt unrest
    Especial de la BBC sobre l'aixecament egipci.
  • Anger in Egypt
    Un altre especial, aquest de la cadena qatariana, al-Jazira.
  • Egipte
    Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • Egypt
    Informació del diari The New York Times.
  • Casa Egípcia
    Lloc d'aplec de la cultura egípcia a Barcelona.



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