Friday, May 12, 2006

Free Alaa Campaign

Currently there are about 48 detained in Egypt, 6 of them are bloggers, and 3 of them are women. The best known is Alaa, which makes him the posterboy of this campaign - but getting them out is equally as important. Egypt has fewer than 830 bloggers all in all, 60 of whom are political and less than 30 are politically active. Now 6 of those are in jail - 20% of all politically active Egyptian bloggers - and amongst them one of Egypt's most highly profiled one.


At Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:14:00 PM, Blogger Charles Malik said...

The google bombing isn't working.

At Sunday, May 14, 2006 9:10:00 AM, Blogger Yazan said...

You know, it depends on what perspective u look at it..
I'm very optimistic... cuz It means that egypt has started to move, they're waking up after years and years of forced coma. They will pay a lot, there will be more and more arrests and more and more torture, but at least they got to the point where they started moving.
In Syria on the other hand, I remember vividly last year's March 8th, Anti-Emergency law sit in, in Marjeh Square, there was only 150 people, and we got beaten so bad by 1000s having a pro-regime "spontaneous" demonstration, and nobody raised a hand.
For me, as sad as it is to see people like Alaa imprisoned, I envy egypt that they've reached the stage where they can move forward and take matters into their own hands.


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