Egypt has become one filled with chaos and violence. Protesters have been at it since last week and it does not look like the situation will be getting any better in the coming days. The protesters have disobeyed the curfew that has been set in place by President Mubarak. The whole country is n chaos with protesters burning things, shouting in the streets, and being violent. According to the Washington Post, ” Britain, France and Germany appealed to President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday to refrain from using force against Egyptian protesters as the world and the region remained transfixed by the scenes of turmoil unfolding in Cairo.”
The Success of the Protests Thus Far
The protests have been successful in a few ways so far. The protesters got the President to make his entire cabinet resign from their jobs, which shows that what they are doing is resonating with Mubarak. According to cbsnews.com, “embattled President Mubarak says he has asked his Cabinet to resign in his first appearance on television since protests erupted demanding his ouster.”
The whole world has seen these protests and many are taking the side of the Egyptian protesters and many world leaders have become involved. According to the Washington Post, “The joint statement issued by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “We call on President Mubarak to avoid at all costs the use of violence against unarmed civilians.”The statement also urged Mubarak to begin political reforms, including the formation of a “broadly-based government and free and fair elections.” With the world watching this crisis, many world leaders are worried about Egypt and its situation. If the protesters manage to overthrow the government then the entire country will be in chaos.
The 24-hour news cycle has given these protesters the forum to get their message out. Reporters have gone to Egypt and many people are using Facebook and Twitter to report about what is happening on the ground there. Many citizens across the world want the President to act fairly and allow the protests to continue without anyone else getting hurt. According to boston.com, “some were angry; others fearful. Jubilant screams mixed with expressions of pain and worry. But the hundreds of demonstrators who marched from Cambridge to Boston were unified by a single sentiment: Egypt must be free. The demonstrators marched in a peaceful column down Massachusetts Avenue, stopping traffic and drawing stares from passersby, before turning onto Boylston Street on their way to Government Center. Cambridge police, and then a half-dozen Boston police cruisers, escorted the group as horns blasted in approval from passing cars, some adorned with Egyptian flags.”
Will the Protests Continue?
The protests will most likely only stop when Egypt has a new president. The protesters have already gotten the cabinet out of power and that has not satisfied them yet. They want new elections and until this happens, the country will likely be in turmoil.