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    Protests in Egypt

    Just about two weeks ago, the president of Tunisia had to flee the country due to protesters.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iraDbxKZFI&feature=fvst

    And now the president of Egypt is saying he won't be running for re-election after the protests over there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS4KvGFGf44

    What do you guys think about all this? Do you think this is going to happen in other countries soon? Are you guys worried about how this is going to influence the rest of the world?

    I'm not so great at forming opinions on topics like these so I'm interested to see what you guys can come up with.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    Looks like nobody else can form an opinion on the matter. Either that or they just don't care. If this does spread, it won't be to every other country in the area. Even if it does spread, some of the rulers of these other countries will have no qualms about pulling a 'Tiananmen Square' and just flattening anyone that opposes them. Moreso in the less tech-equipped nations. Anything to stay in charge and all that.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    I truly hope the Egyptians win against their government. I hope the Army supports them. The only thing I am scared about is the New Egypt turning against Israel and the US, and going the way of Pakistan. However, I still hope they cast down the tyrant.

    I also hope this spreads throughout the Middle East, and beyond. Hopefully, all the way to China.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    I was going to post here, but I usually post to new threads or threads with replies I haven't read. I forgot I had read this but didn't have time to reply. I was intending to, though. I guess it was similar with the student protests thread. Blue Heaven isn't popular, and Swanzo is not happy. Anyway...

    I don't know a lot about it, I'll admit. I haven't been catching up on the news lately, though now I'm visiting family I have a TV, so I guess I could catch up that way since this PC has no sound. I understand the basic gist of the situation, but whilst I do think the protesters are setting a good example, the violence shown has been pretty crazy.

    Better than oppression? No doubt. It's hard to form a proper opinion though as I don't know the terror of being there. There are those who didn't want to get involved in the protests who have been slaughtered. Tiananmen Square and the "Tank Man" also came to my mind, the latter of which was a highly inspirational image, even though China will never (unfortunately) be a democracy. As Baron acknowledges, standing up against some forces will lead to disaster, like that horrible event in history in China. I won't forget some of the video footage I watched.

    As a result China's censorship became even worse. Try talking about China's horrible histories to a Chinese person online. Well, actually, don't. They won't like it. They live in constant fear of the government's surveillance and rightly so. With escaped convicts in Cairo and public executions, can this really be looked at in a positive light? Sometimes it may end up far worse due to protests gone wrong, with China as an example. (I would talk about Egypt more but I don't know of all the facts now.)

    Funny how most of the talk in Blue Heaven has been about protests. Partly my doing as well! This is a very interesting thing to talk about actually, and I'll be following the events closely over the coming weeks.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    China... China is warped somewhere down deep. Unfortunately, Mantis is right. However, we can't risk the memory of Tienanmen Square being abused. Some guy in Egypt posted a video which showed a similar moment, but only with a water truck and 5 guys who broke and ran really fast. We can't let the heroic moment of Tankman be abused by anybody willing to stand in front of a governmental vehicle of any sort.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    I just hope the people of Egypt like what they end up with.
    There will be some sort of change, it is inevitable.
    Let's just pray that it ends up in their favor.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    "Get back in your Free Speech Zone, before you have an 'accident'."
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    Where is that from?
    And did you see that video of the tank going through Tahir Square? Looks like the Army has picked a side. Or, at least, part of the Army.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    I forget where it's from. Probably nowhere, just something that was said during a night out and has stuck with me ever since. I just like the sound of it.

    I don't think the Egyptian Army is taking any sides, as such. They're probably just there to stop things from descending into truly mindless violence.
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    RE: Protests in Egypt

    I saw a video of a police van driving into several citizens. Crazy stuff. O_o
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