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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Egyptians March for Reform

Egypt has been at the center of world news as its people have mounted a civil revolution since the latter part of January against their leader Hosni Mubarak. They are demanding economic and political reforms, which they believe are unachievable while Mubarak is in power. Protesters are preparing a million-men march toward the seat of power to oust their president.
The City of Cairo in Egypt
The capital city of Cairo has been in turmoil the past days. There have been reports of looting even street fighting. Death has reached 198 people as of this hour. There has been a report of vandalism of a museum where unidentified mummies and ancient artifacts have been damaged.

Tourists and foreign nationals flock in airports to leave the country to avoid getting caught in the middle of hostilities. The situation is very volatile as the Egyptian people begin to crowd at Tahrir Square where the march will begin. Even the people in the second principal city of Egypt, Alexandria are expressing their intention to join the march.

Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak has been ruling Egypt for the past 30 years, one of the longest rulers in Egypt and perhaps in any nation to this date. Political and social unrest is slowly eating away his strong hold over his people. Even if he has replaced his entire cabinet and vowed to bring about the reforms that the people want, it seems that his promises have fallen on deaf ears.

I hope that the people of Egypt would be able to achieve their intention in the most democratic way. Indeed, democracy and good government entail a lot of sacrifices from the people and government servants but maybe, we can avoid bloodshed in pursuing social and political reforms. As people who value democracy, we fight for our peoples’ welfare. Along that line, let us make sure that we are going to bring them to a better world and not into the “other world”.

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