After 18 days of protests and a 30-year presidency, Mubarak resigned from office on February 11. This is a testament to the people of Egypt. Inspired by the leadership of the April 6 Movement, young activists that have spent months organizing, the people of Egypt have reinstated their right to have a president that they stand behind. The April 6 Movement began as a small group coming together on facebook and twitter to speak out against police brutality and the injustice within their government. The movement is open to all Egyptians, yet it is youth-focused. This is because the majority of Egypt, 66%, is under 30 years old. The youth population is also the hardest hit by Egypt’s currently rising unemployment rates. This also set the stage for the revolution, as many of the protesters are young, strong, and angry and can have only helped matters for the activists. The activists decided to stage a strike, and began rallying support on the internet. The strike was scheduled for April 6, 2008. Hundreds participated in the strike; many were arrested and some were beaten. The originators, Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Salah, decided to continue the movement until Mubarak heard the people of Egypt and resigned, and named the organization after its first event. It appears as though the biggest inspiration to action was the mass of videos that began streaming onto the site, videos of police brutality and torture. What were once isolated incidences that too frequently went unnoticed by the masses, quickly became common knowledge for all to see. And the people of Egypt became enraged. Mubarak seems to say less, as opposed to more when it comes to defending himself and his administration. To simply say that the hundreds of videos of torture and violence that exist on the internet are the actions of individuals and that they do not reflect the police force in its entirety, cannot sufficiently console a country full of angry people. It is very moving to know that as a human race, we can unite and rise above any common enemy.
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