revolution in egypt


The pursuit of Knowledge, J. Gillray

In this well executed satire, two Frenchmen, who have been attempting to tame crocodiles, are ruthlessly attacked by the reptiles. Here, Gillray satirizes Napoleon’s Institute d'Égypte, a group of engineers who were sent to Egypt to record and document their findings using “scientific” methods that were both archeological and quasi-sociological. The crocodiles are shown emerging from the reeds and rushes that line the banks of the River Nile. Their sinuous tails and large jaws are delineated with remarkable accuracy. In the center foreground of the image, a large crocodile chomps onto the Frenchman’s leg. In response, the “tamer” yells in pain and drops his whip and the bridle he holds–a specially designed saddle for the animal also lies on the ground. His fellow researcher can be seen on the right edge of the sheet running from a crocodile who has clamped onto his jacket. Raising his hands, he drops a manual titled “Les Droits du Crocodile,” or the “Rights of the Crocodile.” Sheaves of paper and an educational tract litter the foreground of the image. Among the possible uses for the crocodile the images depict crocodiles pulling carriages on land, pulling a boat through rivers, and saddling the crocodile to ride as a horse.

*Waits patiently for Americans to apologise for destroying my country, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan and giving birth to terrorists groups like Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, the Taliban and ISIS, but still blaming and portraying Muslims as the terrorists*


Before and After of a mural in Cairo on Mohammed Mahmoud. This street is lined with a wall which has become a focal point for activism art documenting the clashes between the protestors and the regime.

The transformation is not only an attempt on shedding light on the Egyptian LGBT community but also shows the diversity within the protestors. Its not a cover up, but an addition, a reminder that discrimination within the revolutionary forces towards another community is destructive and against the revolution itself. Remember that this is the same discrimination that is exhibited by the regime you are fighting. This bigotry and inequality within the people stems from patriarchal ideas that the regime implements.

So don’t be afraid to show your identity because any identity within a revolution is a revolution itself! Chalk up all your walls with all your colors!

Egypt’s January 25 Revolution in Photos

Inspired by The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters swept through the streets of Egypt on the 25th of January, 5 years ago, demanding an end to the corruption and Mubarak’s 30 year rule as President.

25 January 2011: An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria [Stringer]

26 January 2011: Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo as thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt’s streets and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office [Goran Tomasevic]

A protester holds up a banner in front of a line of riot police in downtown Cairo.  [Unknown]

28 January 2011: A protester stands in front of a burning barricade as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of protests

28 January 2011: An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

28 January 2011: A man tries to protect himself with an Egyptian flag as police fire water cannons at protesters in Cairo

A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the Interior Ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo. [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

28 January 2011: A protester watches an Egyptian Army armoured vehicle burn in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak ordered troops into Egyptian cities in an attempt to quell growing mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule

28 January 2011: Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in Cairo [Khaled Desouki]

A graffitied smiley face on a wall constructed by the military to impede protesters. [Amru Salahuddien]

29 January 2011: The headquarters of the ruling National Democratic (NLD) party burns after it was set ablaze by protesters in Cairo [Yannis Behrakis]

Riot police use water cannons on protesters trying to cross the Kasr al-Nile bridge. [Peter Macdiarmid]  

30 January 2011: Protesters in Cairo hold a banner featuring a cartoon calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down [Asmaa Waguih]

31 January 2011: Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

31 January 2011: A protester holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as Adolf Hitler in Cairo’s Tahrir Square [Yannis Behrakis]

1 February 2011: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators march in Alexandria, Egypt [Ahmed Muhammed]

1 February 2011: An Egyptian man sits atop one of the lions at the entrance of Kasr El Nil Bridge, leading to Tahrir Square [Zeinab Mohamed]

2 February 2011: A pro-Mubarak rioter riding on a camel clashing with anti-government protesters in what became known as the Battle of the Camel [Chris Hondros]

6 February 2011: A Muslim holding the Quran (left) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo [Dylan Martinez]

8 February 2011: Egyptian anti-government protesters perform the evening prayers as they gather at Cairo’s Tahrir square [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo’s Tahrir square on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government protesters raise their shoes after a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saying that he had given some powers to his vice president but would not resign or leave the country [Chris Hondros]

11 February 2011: Egyptian women celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

11 February 2011: Celebrating the announcement of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Tahrir Square [Jonathan Rashad]

18 February 2011: A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo a week after Mubarak resigned [Suhaib Salem]

18 February 2011: A woman waves an Egyptian flag on a balcony overlooking Cairo’s Tahrir Square as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate the revolt that forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down [Mohammed Abed]  

watching movies about revolution & seeing the way they portray the feeling it gives to be a part of something that huge is amazing. when the revolution happened in Egypt, it was really scary for awhile. my whole family would sit in front of the TV, all piled on top of each other silently watching Mubarak and his men speak. a dictatorship that lasted 30 years. i remember as a child seeing his face plastered on everything - from walls to poles to buildings and doors. it was so natural i never questioned it. and then the people fought back. and they stood in the streets for days and weeks. many died. mostly young men and women, using social media to communicate & fuel their propaganda. my father went every day to stand in Tahrir Square, holding the egyptian flag, walking around the square, yelling as loud as they could for the world and the government to hear. i remember when the revolution was over, and going to stand there myself. i was 11. people still had their tents and posters and shops set up. i remember seeing the mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers holding up pictures of their dead loved ones - ones who died to free us. i remember how i felt and how much i wanted to cry. it’s really indescribable. how amazing it is to be a part of something like that

Nonviolence often means amnesia, the suppression of a collective memory of struggle and all the experience and wisdom that comes with that memory. People who remember hundreds of years of struggle against authority cannot be tricked into a simple reform that promises to make things better by changing the election laws. People who remember hundreds of years of struggle know that what little they have, they won by fighting. They remember how to make barricades, how to assemble molotov cocktails, how to use guns, how to survive in clandestinity, how to protect themselves from infiltrators. Just as the reformists of Real Democracy Now ereased the true history of the uprising in Egypt, full of street battles and burnt police stations, they tried to erase the rich history of anticapitalist struggles in Spain. They tried to tell people who had spent their lives in the streets that the only way to win was to be peaceful because that’s what the television says.
—  Peter Gelderloos, The Failure of Nonviolence, page 132
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i strongly urge all of you not to deem the revolution in egypt as a failed effort. the youth of egypt honored a tradition of bread revolutionaries that their parents honored during their resistance to the neoliberal reformations of the 70s and 80s, and what their grandparents fought for in the 50s. the hero’s of tahrir square may not have burrowed well enough to withstand the counterrevolutionaries that organized against them, but who we should be pointing fingers at are the national bourgeoise and the military who used the anti mubarak effort to their own political and economic gains.


Shaimaa Alsabbagh, a girl who protested for the martyr’s rights, got killed today by the Egyptian Internal forces while she was holding a flower, yes, a flower not a bomb!
The girl below her, Sondos Reda, a 17-year-old girl that also got killed yesterday and guess what, she wasn’t holding an RBJ either!

For what sin were they killed?!


Reflections on a revolution: Egypt, five years on

“We couldn’t achieve what they died for”: it’s been five years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Looking back, Egypt’s revolutionaries wonder whether it was worth the sacrifice