"People holding a sign 'To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It's over!" so tweeted my brave colleague, Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.
Interview with anti-government protester at Tahrir Square for documentary Zero Silence (www.zerosilence.org).
The Egyptian, female protester says, "Even though they shut down the internet, this is not just a Facebook revolution... There are many hundreds of thousands of people here on the street. Even though the phone lines were shut on Friday, people still came out to demonstrate, because this is not about the internet. This is about the needs and the demands of the Egyptian people."
This moving music video created by Tamer Shaaban, "another Egyptian who's had enough," has been featured on Huffington Post and in the blogospere and has received well over one million hits within four days.
The walls are crumbling. The walls behind which dictators indulge in decadent opulence while "their" people are mired in wretched circumstance. The walls behind which "leaders" secretly sell -- for personal gain -- the rights of the people they claim to represent.
Across North Africa and the Middle East, across the Arab world, for decades dictatorship and deepening corruption, firmly supported by imperial powers, seemed beyond challenge. Today, once "stable" regimes are now facing a popular reckoning.
From the vantage point of Palestine, there are three new dynamics.
Solidarity rallies for Egypt have been held across Canada this past week. In Montreal, daily rallies are taking place. The below is a taste of the rally held in front of the Egyptian consulate on January 29th in Montreal, where several hundred braved the snow to show their support with protestors in Egypt. For more images from the day see rabble's flickr site. A Montreal rally will be held today (January 30) from 2PM to 4PM at 1000 de la Gauchetiere O. Organizers plan to hold daily weekday vigils at this location at 5:30PM.