The Tunisian Scenario?

by zunguzungu

From the beginning of the unprecedented and utterly unexpected revolution in Tunisia, everyone has been speculating that something similar might happen in other autocratic regimes in the region, like Egypt. Here’s what’s happening there right now:

From Al-Jazeera:

Hundreds of protesters have begun to take to the streets in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, chanting slogans against the police, the interior minister and the government, in scenes that the capital has not seen since the 1970s, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reported. Downtown Cairo has come to a standstill, and protesters are now marching towards the headquarters of the ruling National Democracy Party. “It is unprecedented for security forces to let people march like this without trying to stop them,” Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh reported from the site of the protest. The Egyptian government had earlier warned activists hoping to emulate Tunisian pro-democracy protesters that they face arrest if they go ahead with Tuesday’s mass demonstrations, which some have labelled as the “Day of wrath”. The protesters are gathering outside Cairo’s largest courthouse, and are marching across downtown Cairo.

As always, follow Mona Eltahawy’s twitter feed for updates on what can be read about what’s happening (or less coherently, follow the #jan25 hashtag). Also, Ahram Online has updates.

Update, Tuesday: Blake HounshellMarc LynchThisPulse, American Leftist, Lenin’s Tomb, Global Voices, 3arabawy, Issandr El AmraniThe Awl, Mother Jones, Juan ColeMona Eltahawy

Update, Wednesday: Juan Cole, Marc LynchJack Shenker