Article first published as Power to the People: Revolution in Egypt on Blogcritics.
Hundreds of thousands of voices rang true and became one on February 11, 2010. With the power of the collective group, civilians became tired of the hypocrisy within their government and stood up together as one to finally be heard.
President Hosni Mubarak stepped into this role back in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar EI Sadat. Egypt has only seen 4 presidents in its time and has had President Mubarak as the longest standing president besides President Muhammad Al back in the mid 1700s.
Like a rolling stone causing a mass avalanche, one single voice heard around the world would cultivate a revolution that will be remembered and spoken about in Egyptian history for years to come. Wael Ghonim, a 30-year-old Google executive, has been recognized as a hero for the launch of this epic movement on January 25, 2011. Mr. Ghonim was approached by activist Walid Rachid with his initial plan to arrange a protest and requesting some assistance with the marketing to help put this plan into motion. Through social media, they organized a protest to dismount President Mubarak from his presidential role to allow for a fair election come September. Egyptian citizens have finally become fed up and want to cleanse their country of the poverty, unemployment and corrupt police force that President Mubarak has not only allowed, but orchestrated for so many years.
It is said that fifty Egyptian citizens rallied together on January 25 in Tahrir Square, however that number quickly climbed to somewhere in the thousands by the end of the first day. Throughout the protest, the amount of people joining in increased dramatically; posts on Twitter continued to get the word out in support of the movement. However, with orders from President Mubarak, internet providers where forced to shut down communications in hopes of controlling and stopping the chaos. It was only a mere five days later that the internet was enabled and social media continued to spread like wild fire.
On February 10, President Mubarak was slated to give a speech in which the citizens hoped he would announce his resignation. Unfortunately the crowed was disheartened and enraged to hear him announce that he would not step down as president and would remain in power until after the elections in September. He also stated that he would hand over some of the day-to-day responsibilities to Vice President Omar Suleiman in hopes of disbanding the protest. This only angered the protestors, who continued to push on and rally together until he was forced to resign from his seat of power.
A day of reckoning is now upon Egypt’s government; today, February 11, 2011, President Mubarak announced that he is stepping down from his presidential role and that he has handed over the reins to the Egyptian army, and the vice president. Hosni Mubarak has now fled Cairo and is residing at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The uproar throughout Tahrir Square was heard around the world, as were the cries of victory and the tears of perseverance from all the protestors who held strong for 18 days and 17 nights. The people prevailed; the revolution was a success.
Let this all be an example for all by which live our lives, and let us remember that this epic revolution was created by one person. As the butterfly’s wings create a tidal wave halfway across the world, one voice created history, and together we created greatness.