“Tomorrow is the Day of the Infatada,” said a spokesman for The Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, Egypt. This minute it is already tomorrow there, January 28th. The sun rises in about two hours at 6:43 a.m. or about 10:45 p.m. CDT on the 27th of January. See Updates 1-18-11 below.
As the Egyptian government shutdown the Internet and Twitter after a man was shot down on a Suez street, the unnamed spokesman mentioned above says The Brotherhood is encouraging those ages 15 to 30 to take part inprotests throughout the country.
The city on the Mediterranean [Alexandria], long Egypt’s gateway to the outside world, has mirrored the country’s steady erosion over decades of authoritarian rule. It has gone from being a cosmopolitan showcase to a poor, struggling city that evokes barely a vestige of its former grandeur. The New Year’s bombing of a Coptic church here was a reminder of the direction of the city, identified by European intelligence services as a hub for radicalizing students who come to study Arabic. Many of the most radical Salafists — those who would support the use of violence — were arrested by the government after the bombing.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry reportedly issued a statement blaming the protests on The Muslim Brotherhood. The rest of the world is reporting that the youth are revolting against police brutality, unemployment, lack of freedom of speech, food inflation and generally poor living conditions.
This only 28 days after a car bomb in Alexandria directly attacked the Coptic Christian Saints Church, killing twenty-one.
Please hop over to American Perspective. Opus has information on the communications blackouts. In Suez, it appears the Internet, Twitter, cells and landlines have gone black.
One YouTube commenter said “they are committing a mass murder.” Others are asking for news, and for us to report what is going on. Click on the link above and Visit America Perspective. Let’s see if we can tell the world that today in Egypt is the “Infatada” – so sayeth the Muslim Brotherhood.
Update 1-28-11: The “infatada” is in full bloom in the streets across Egypt today. The Hosni Mubarak government has called a curfew, which no one is adhering. The military took the streets in tanks today, and one analyst said the protestors were happy to see them as the police response has been brutal. Prayers are needed for Israel as they deal with the violence on their borders. More as updates are available.
Violent Protests in Egypt’s Major Cities (videos)