Parvez Sharma: #GayinEgypt

BY Parvez Sharma

February 09 2011 5:30 PM ET

Sharma:
so how can u see my tweets?
MMQahira:
i just got onto the homepage typed #egypt and your post was in one of the many thousands by coincidence
Sharma:
M…any idea how many people in cairo tweet?
MMQahira:
do you think that this is a virtual revolution....
Sharma:
or have fb?...out of 19 million…many in media think its a virtual revolution
which is why I was so angry about it!
MMQahira:
well i'm telling you it could have been what started it…in a small way…not all of it…
that is all…and the proof is, things went on regardless, when the internet was cut off and phones…
for ppl in egypt
you cannot give out fliers
you cannot stand and make a speech in the street
you cannot express any political views
so people resorted to the www
as a medium through which to talk
just like people in palestine are doing to get their voices heard
Sharma:
but how many? thats my question
80 million people-how many on fb and twitter?
if u dont have money for food do u twitter?
MMQahira:
well just go to the original fb page about the revolution
it had 90,000 people listed as 'attending'
Sharma:
I know that
MMQahira:
it was sent to 600,000
that is a lot
even our buwab's son has FB
Sharma:
and then it spread through them…I understand
But now?
MMQahira:
it is a revolution of the youth
Sharma:
Its even more than that no?
MMQahira:
because they are the ones who dont keep their mouths shut
they spoke for the poor
they spoke for the innocent
they spoke for every one
and it is clear
now the ndp is putting fear in people that egypt's a goner if this goes through
that we will be in hands of the brotherhood to rule
that economically we will be doomed
etc
so there has happened a split in views
from within the same people who just a couple of days ago were united
Sharma:
and mubarak did that
with his second speech?
MMQahira:
i wouldn't say that
the second speech angered people
because it was too little too late
had he done this speech 2 days before
Sharma:
so how did that split happen?
MMQahira:
things would be different
all the people who would rather just get back to their lives the way they were are now speaking out
the poor, who are worried that they will starve to death while people protest
and the rich, who were not really affected by the regime
and the middle class, who have an affiliation with mubarak
and the normal person who is afraid to leave the house wants stability back
so many people are blaming the protestors
instead of blaming the system
Sharma:
true
what time is it? how much have you been sleeping? u there?
MMQahira:
sorry was on the phone
Sharma:
how much have u slept?
MMQahira:
i sleep from 8am to 2pm
Sharma:
and then?
MMQahira:
shower, and off to the street with the rest of the shabaab from the area
we block the street from both sides with our cars
and make a bon fire on each nasya
Sharma:
So u don’t need to be in tahrir necessarily to participate























































































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