(Bayoumi 2011) Can Egyptians revolt?


Bayoumi, Alaa. Can Egyptians revolt? Inspired by the Tunisian example, Egyptians take to the streets in their own protest. But can it last? Al Jazeera. 2011 Jan 26. Available from: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2011/01/2011126105953366758.html. Accessed 2012 Mar 5. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/65w32ezUS.

On the second day of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Bayoumi reviews the relevant history of Egypt and the influence of the Tunisian Revolution on events in Egypt, and expresses skepticism as to whether the previous day’s demonstrations would lead to a full-scale revolt:

Many renowned Egyptian analysts disappointedly noted that Egypt will not follow the Tunisian model because of the low levels of literacy among its population, the spread of apathy and defeatism among its citizens, and the negative role played by religious groups inside the country.

This comment, and the subsequent history, are worth considering when evaluating the likelihood of open revolt in other nations not noted for rebelliousness but having deep grievances against the existing order.

 

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