Revolution in Egypt: A First-Hand Account

Egyptian militant holds a tear gas can that says "Made in USA"

The following is a comment by an Egyptian participant/blogger in the uprising:

“The revolution (like any other revolution) witnessed violence by the security forces that led to the killing of at least 846 protesters. But the people did not sit silent and take this violence with smiles and flowers. We fought back. We fought back the police and Mubarak’s thugs with rocks, Molotov cocktails, sticks, swords and knives. The police stations which were stormed in almost every single neighborhood on the Friday of Anger—that was not the work of ‘criminals’ as the regime and some middle class activists are trying to propagate. Protesters, ordinary citizens, did that. Other symbols of power and corruption were attacked by the protesters and torched down during the uprising. Revolutionary violence is never random. Those buildings torched down or looted largely belonged to Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. In a number of provinces like in Sinai and Suez, arms were seized by protesters who used them against the police to defend themselves. State Security Police offices in Rafah and Arish, for example, were blown up by RPGs, hand grenades, and automatic rifles, while gas pipelines heading to Jordan and Israel were attacked.

Am I condemning this violence? No. Every single revolution in history witnessed its share of violence. The violence always starts by the hands of the state, not the people. The people are forced to pick up arms or whatever they can put their hands on to protect themselves. May all our martyrs rest in peace. Their blood will not go in vain. Revolution continues—3arabawy.”

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