26 September, 2020

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Egypt’s Revolution: ‘We Started To Chant, And The Group Started To Get Bigger’

By Yassir Hamouda –

Yassir Hamouda, a member of the 6 April Movement, went out with 50 others on 25 January 2011 demanding bread, freedom and social justice. He describes how the protest snowballed into the overthrow of Mubarak, and how he feels the revolution was appropriated by the Muslim Brotherhood and the US

• This video interview is part of a series marking the second anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolution, produced by Samar Media

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt_BooDgo4c

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    Most right thinking people will like to see the end of the Rajapakse regime because of growing dictatorial ways,corruption and family rule. But I say it will not be easy due to the deep cultural and ethical attitudes here. Just see how difficult it is for the UNP to get rid of their total failure of a leader Ranil from leadership. You think a people who cannot get rid of such an unacceptable man like ranil will get rid of a much more popular Mahinda ? Why should the people get to the streets and lose their lives etc only to bring a undeserving man like Ranil to power ? Ranil is a lot more corrupt in his greed for power and comforts. If he has any decency by now he would have retired.We will never have an arab spring. We dont deserve the freedoms we enjoy.

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      You got all of that from what Yassir said here? I didn’t understand a word but I am pretty sure he didn’t say Rajapakse or Ranil for that matter. No one here seems to point out that an English translation or captions were not provided. It is sometimes useful to clearly understand what is being said before commenting on it.

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    Arab society has deeply ingrained islamic values of justice and equality. Hence it is difficult for dictators to impose their writ without force of arms. Those countries have vast open borders and wealth which faciltate the infiltration of arms and breeding of dissident groups. The people are volatile and agressive. Their societies have been mainly tribal or feudal.

    Here we have a society which is by and large amenable to the dictates of the govt. The people are poor and impoverished while the govt controls the wealth and power. People are beholden to the politicians for small mercies and are willing to turn a blind eye on excesses directed at others. We have a history of monarchial rule and subservience. It is a cultural mindset which can only be removed by promoting education and free thinking.

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    We have a Militarised State which does not tolerate dissent – which is brutally suppressed,sometimes with deaths resulting from shootings – even in public – of protesters against perceived injustice.
    The regime has honed such suppression into a ‘fine-art’.
    Murders in cold blood as happened at Welikada Prison have now been cleverly erased from public minds after ‘sham inquiry’which will never publish any findings.
    At the same time,thuggery by citizens hired by cash,liquor & perks,too,are used – as witnesed recently in the staged ‘protests’ against the ousted CJ shown vividly in videos,in the media.
    It is reported that gas grenades & canisters,and rubber bullets have been procured. The state is now in readiness to suppress any insurrection.
    What happened in Egypt will not happen in sri lanka.

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    whou chin,

    Is this a Chinese pig on the run that has crept into a net cafe? This is exactly why people in this country do not deserve to enjoy freedom, wealth and dignity; they consider crap as valuable, shit as food, lunacy as intelligence, ignorance is bliss, mental poverty as spirituality, horrible misconceived perversions as ultimate political wisdom! This “wal chun” fella for example is a prototype of this reality: he weaves a diabolical lie around Ranil and project RW as being worse than MR! He has no alternative as well; he just want to get rid of Ranil! These nameless, faceless and brainless people are the ones who have dragged this country into this despicable situation!

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    Mr Gabriel in China we have no idiots like you !You say Ranil is better than Mahinda ? But no one vote for him !In a democracy if you not popular out go you .Otherwise you argue , no matter what people say Mr Gabriel will decide ! Please stop being a fool who follow Mr beans blindly. You too are a human not a slave to some comic man.

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