All signs in and out of Egypt say the revolution will not be turning back.
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By Kristen Gillespie
*All signs in and out of Egypt say the revolution will not be turning back. Rumors circulating all day in diplomatic and journalistic circles about a highly anticipated speech from President Hosni Mubarak, where the embattled leader may announce his resignation. Protesters, meanwhile, have been unleashing a very different kind of weapon: the Arab worlds famously wicked sense of humor. Photographs and placards mercilessly mocking Mubarak and his government is yet another sign that what pro-democracy activists are calling the wall of fear has truly fallen.
*A member of the 61,000-strong facebook group We are all Khaled Said that is driving the youth-led protests in Egypt posted this picture
of two scuba divers holding up a sign reading, The fish want the regime to resign.
*An email circulating features pictures of signs mocking President Hosni Mubarak. This one, referring to the leaders 30-year grip on power, reads: The carpenters of Egypt want to know: what kind of glue are you using?
*Another poster features hieroglyphics, with the corresponding Arabic letters underneath spelling out the word L-E-A-V-E. Underneath is written:Maybe in hieroglyphics youll understand, Pharoah.
*An email being forwarded among Jordanians takes the names of popular American movies and television shows and comes up with their Jordanian equivalents:
The Usual Suspects becomes: The Muslim Brotherhood
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets becomes: Samir Rifai and the Lower Chamber of Parliament, a reference to the recently resigned prime minister whom protesters forced out of office.
The Social Network becomes: The Tribe.
*@naglarzk tweeted a comment from recently released Google executive Wael Ghonim: President Mubarak is paying the price for his lack of interest in the [youth] movement and killing a large number of young people.
*On his own twitter feed, Ghonim paints the end he sees coming: I feel that the pen is writing the last line and soon enough we will turn the page and draw our future with our own hands.
*@demaghmak sees another unlikely digital hero of the revolution: After the Egyptian revolution, heads of state will roll out the red carpet to welcome Mark Zuckerberg as he arrives in their countries.
*An unnamed child in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria leads a protest: Hosni Mubarak! he shouts. Down, down! the crowd answers. [Prime Minister} Ahmed Shafiq! Down, down! Other chants include, revolution until victory and Good morning, Mubarak this is your last day.
*In Tahrir Square, protests sang along with a musician and the lyrics are simple: We are all one, we all ask one thing: LEAVE LEAVE LEAVE!
Feb. 10, 2011
photo credit: illustir