Friday, February 11, 2011

Protesters Challenge Status Quo in Northern Africa, Middle East - Yahoo! News

Protesters Challenge Status Quo in Northern Africa, Middle East - Yahoo! News

COMMENTARY | It seems all eyes are on Egypt and the "People's Revolution" on the streets of Cairo,Alexandria and outlying Egyptian provinces. The Egyptian protest started Jan. 25, having one demand: President Mubarak must step down. Worries have become more pronounced as the length of the protest has started making a negative economic impact.

The protest was organized by young people. Why are the young so angry? They were born when Mubarak was president, they have been through schooling including finishing university degrees only to realize jobs for them do not exist and Mubarak is still president.

The frustration isn't only felt by the young. Food prices are high and wages are low. Professionals, doctors, lawyers, judges and workers' unions are all part of the protests. To prove to the international world that this is not a religion-based dissatisfaction, Christians and Muslims have walked together holding hands. Christians have protected Muslims during their Islamic prayers.


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