May 4th coverage

Today is Mubarak's Birthday (Happy Mubarak Day, people!) and the day of the new strike. There are two new organizational developments that differentiate this strike from April 6th: The Mahalla workers said they wouldn't join, and the Muslim Brotherhood decided to join. The scale of it this time, however, seems smaller and unorganized, which is making many people believe that the MB is planning a surprise, because the last time, without them, succeeded. So if the one they choose to join fails. then they will look very bad. I will update this day as it goes:

Update: It's 2 am. There are news of people getting sporadically arrested in Mahalla. No confirmation on names so far. The Police seems paranoid. Ahmed Maher the facebook administrator for the protest group has been hiding for the past 2 days. So has Sharqawy.

Update: It's 10 am, things seem very normal. The traffic is normal and nothing is happening so far.

Update: It's 11:30. Mahalla is a ghost town, the police has threatened to shoot the people who demonstrate with live ammunition. 

Update: It's 1 am. A group of protesters have decided to start a protest at the Lawyer's syndicate as planned. There are around 50-100 demonstrators and about 1794374 policemen in plain clothes who are surrounding the protest.

Update: The Kefaya website ( is now blocked in Egypt. No Journalist is allowed to enter the city of Mahalla.

Update: Reports of sporadic small demonstrations in Shubra. The police is rounding the streets behind them. We are still waiting for the MB surprise!

Update: Two were arrested in Jordan for trying to call for a similar strike!

Update: The BBC and Al Jazeera English both haven't been able to send their teams inside AlMahalla. Unconfirmed reports of the Police destroying satalite dishes and severing illegal internet cables.It's like they are daring the people to do something!

Update: This one seems like a failure. It's definitely not even close to the 6th of April strike. The NDP spokesman is gloating on BBC arabic right now!

Update: There are no calls on facebook for another strike on the first and 5th of June and the 25 of July. Fuck off you wankers. I will be at the beach! 

0 comment on May 4th coverage

  1. Ali
    May 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, we had a similar strike today in Jordan in support for Egypt’s May 4th strike but guess what today I came to work early and people were eraly at work!! Anyways Happy Birthday to your new king Mubarak, can’t wait to see his son replacig him soon! But I have serious question, how come Aeab leaders live that long??

  2. Ali
    May 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Mubarak, Im so happy that you live until 80 with no gray hair on yoru head, amazing how Arab leaders live that long!!
    Today we had similar strike in Jordan in support to the one in egypt. I honestly came to work early just like everyone in amman, I wonder if these strikes have real affects, since its only on facebook.

  3. John Cunningham
    May 5, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I hope everything gets back to normal soon. I don’t know what it is about Egypt. When Sadat got murdered it affected me in a way I’ve never been affected by a foreign leader. So these problems you’re having is really affecting me.

  4. Nadav
    May 6, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I guess I’m sort of pro-mubarak. some countries, of a certain etnicity I shall not mention by name, can be either ruled by a sacriligouse dictator who opresses his people, or by a fanatic religiouse sect which opresses it’s people.
    if it’s one or the other, I’m taking the first.


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