Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Message from Liberation Square

Two protesters in Cairo have posted an open letter to the rest of the world that raises an interesting question in the United States.

Mahmoud Salem and Gihan Ibrahim, 20-ish activists and bloggers who have been in Tahir Square since Jan. 25, had this to say:

 People here are tired. We’ve been beaten, shot at, tear-gassed, rained on, 
      denied   medical access, and have lived in a public square for more than two 
      weeks. Mercenary thugs on horses have attacked us with whips, swords, 
      and knives. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and thousands are 
      hurt or missing.

      The revolutionary feeling here is incredible. Every day this square is full of 
      peasants, workers, students and professionals, engineers, teachers, singers, 
      writers and celebrities, Muslims, Christians, young, old, rich and poor.

      We are demanding things which everyone can agree on: an end to 
      corruption,  dictatorship and oppression; the ability to vote in free, fair and 
      democratic elections; freedom, dignity and social justice to all citizens. 

The "interesting question" is this.

When, if ever, will masses of Americans bestir themselves to demand the same things here?

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