what’s the conflict?
president of egypt is hosni mubarak. the 82-year old dude has been in power for 30 years. The problem is, the people of egypt does not want mubarak. but mubarak stubbornly wants to cling to power. even after 4 days of violent protest, dengan selambanya he announced sacking of cabinet ministers, but showing NO reaction or action the what the people really want – for him to step down!
"It was never about the government, by God. It is you (Mubarak) who has to go! What you have done to the people is enough!" said one protester.
source : gulfnews.
- peaceful demonstration that turned ugly
- 150 people killed, more wounded
- police station burnt
- soldiers roamed the streets
- curfew set, but defied when people still go out
- looting – youth gangs break into luxury houses, supermarkets since police have disappeared!
- some even went as far as trying to steal the valuable artefacts inside the cairo museum; including the golden mask of king tut. luckily some young egyptians managed to barricade the compound, and saved their heritage from these opportunist-looters
- internet connection was blocked, and phone lines cut. i read in one blog that a family tried for more than 2 days to contact a loved one but failed ~ i hope our malaysian brothers and sisters are safe!
- thousands prisoners escaped from prison
- 19 private jets carrying wealthy egyptians and arab businessmen have fled with their money. destination? katanya dubai!
i was watching the LIVE coverage by al-jazeera on this devastating conflict – the angry citizens of egypt like ants at tahrir square cairo, walking here and there despite the curfew stated. kalau ade curfew tapi keluar jugak, bukan kena tembak ke? but i guess they didn’t come up 8-10 people – more of hundreds and thousands. who’s gonna shoot them then?
i have to admit, i’m following this conflict closely more so because my sister in law is currently doing dentistry in al-azhar university. alhamdulillah she’s NOT there right now, she’s right here in dubai, spending winter holiday with her brother and nephews.
at the time of writing, everyone is advising her to stay put, and not go back to egypt until this matter blows over. she’s thankful of course that her brother managed to have the foresight to bring her here, but she’s still very worried about the fate of her friends over in cairo.
harap semuanya selamat, insyaAllah.
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this uproar in egypt is said to be inspired from the civilian’s overthrow of tunisia’s president not to long ago. i hope this is not a wave that will catch on to a few more countries!
in the meantime, khaleef, kahfi and kazim will have their ateh for more weeks than they expect!