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After Tunisia Egypt

Arab peoples' quest for freedom

Collapse of the Tunisian government and upheaval against Mubarak in Cairo. The State arrests Islamist militants and curbs the Internet and mobile traffic. Young people though, humiliated by increasing poverty and showing off by corrupt and violent dictators, keep on demonstrating, both against power and about any theocratic turn. Le Monde features the analysis of the politologist and Islam expert Mahmoud Hussein.

"With their first defining victory, the overthrowing of Ben Ali's regime, the Tunisian people has given the undoubtable proof that the desire of freedom is not a dream by a few intellectuals, but a true popular will. This is what Egypt has just shown us.

The obstacles met by this movement are huge, but they will not be able to question what the demonstrators have already achieved, i.e. the feeling they are not isolated anymore and the discovery that police, as numerous as them, do not scare them anymore".

28 January 2011

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