Six years ago events in Egypt grabbed the world’s attention in what became for many a revolution betrayed. Vancouver’s Egyptian community will be commemorating the January 25 Revolution.
On Wednesday night the Vancouver’s Egyptian community will be commemorating the January 25 Revolution.
Six years on and it’s hard to tell what’s changed; a so-called “strongman leader” is in charge, crackdowns on dissent and the free press, and Western governments happy to turn a blind eye.
That’s why Tarek Ramadan says it’s important to hold the rally in downtown Vancouver this evening to show solidarity.
“When they see this thing on Facebook and they see it on television it gives them a boost, it makes them feel like they’re not alone, that there are other people in the world that are standing for them.”
The spread of the so-called “Arab Spring” through the Middle-East six years ago had been attributed to protesters’ use of social media.
“It’s a very important thing when you’re in a struggle, and you’re sacrificing to gain your freedom and to gain justice it definitely makes you feel good knowing there’s other people in the world that care.”
Tarek today describes January 25 as “a revolution betrayed.”