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Turn off the lights, water, TV… and the Intenet??? January 28, 2011

Filed under: PR Connections — Angela @ 5:06 PM

In the dead of night on Friday, January 28, Egyptian officials disconnected the Arab country from the rest of the world.. Both Facebook and Twitter reported problems in that region. Beginning in major cities such as Cairo and quickly enforced across the nation, citizens were to abide by a curfew from 6 in the evening until 7 in the morning.

What sparked these seemingly extreme measures to control the nation? Protestors. Riots. Demonstrators. Angry mobs. Violence. Upheaval of peace. This is just to name a few reasons behind the government unplugging the country.

In an interview between the Lookout, a Yahoo! news blog, and Michele Dunne, Dunne was asked why protestors were so angry, how this might affect the U.S., and how likely it is that the President Mubarak’s regime will end.

According to Dunne, the country is facing issues financially and politically. Unemployment among the youth as well as human-rights violations have added to the already tense atmosphere in Egypt. The people are railing for free elections to be institutionalize.

While there is a possibility that an end will come to Mubarak’s rule. Dunne explained that if internal security fails and the army is summoned, that is when Egyptians could begin to hope to see a power shift because “armies generally don’t like firing on their own civilians and sometimes will choose keeping the loyalty of the population over defending an unpopular ruler.”

If there is a power shift, Egypt might distance itself from the U.S. because the U.S. has been reluctant in responding to previous complaints from Egyptian citizens; this has caused much resentment towards the U.S. The U.S.’s proximity to Israel also gives reason for Egyptians to be unwilling to trust the American government.

Meanwhile in the U.S., President Obama gives his view about the recent on-goings in Tunisia and, now, in Egypt. The President urges Egyptian officials to allow peaceful protests to occur for the public to be able to voice concern and see change take place.

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4 Responses to “Turn off the lights, water, TV… and the Intenet???”

  1. kelseyleu Says:

    I am so glad you posted this. I really had no idea the details about Egypt, but I have over heard the financial disaster they were in earlier today. I had no idea that they had to cancel the internet to save money. This type of control of government is so different from ours. This is horrible. We must pray for our nation… Obama really cannot do much about this. We must always be mindful of how blessed we are as a nation.

  2. Thank you, asghaly, for clarifying some of the confusion I had concerning the protests in Cairo. When I discussed the riot situation with friends this past weekend, I was not exactly sure what caused the uprising. But now I am aware that political and financial conditions spurred it. Do you think Egypt distancing itself from the U.S. would affect us very much, aside from gas prices? I don’t know enough details about our relationship with Egypt to make an educated guess.

  3. cccromeans Says:

    Thanks for the informative article. Believe it or not, I knew there were problems in Egypt. However, I didn’t really know what actually happened and why. These days, I am so busy with school and work that I don’t really hear the news. I heard enough to know there was a problem and how it might affect our economy, but I didn’t know the particulars.

    One thing I’ve noticed is everyone’s concern over the oil prices. My concern goes deeper. What if we can’t get oil for any price? What if there is no oil? My husband and I are not alarmists, but we are concerned and are trying to look at things and plan for contingencies in case that happens. In the meantime, the United States had better stop being so reliant upon other nations and we’d better begin to look to ourselves for answers.

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