2.07.2011

solidarity in toronto: "5, 6, 7, 8, let egyptians decide their fate"

Dig this kid! A future leader, for sure. Perhaps he will grow up to see his homeland become a democracy. The video was taken in Toronto this past weekend.


And meanwhile, in Egypt:


Al Jazeera estimated this crowd at 2,000,000! Two million people! I've seen Mubarak apologists refer to this as "mob rule". Apparently some people don't recognize democracy when they see it.

2 comments:

M@ said...

One thing that really bugged me about the coverage of the Egypt protests was that the CBC kept saying "tens of thousands" of protesters.

I'm no crown estimation expert, but I've been in a crowd that was estimated at 10,000 participants. It was minuscule compared to those photos. A conservative estimate of the crowds would have to be well into six digits, but the CBC persisted in saying "tens of thousands" at least until Friday. (Today they're not even bothering with numbers.)

Apparently some people don't recognize democracy when they see it.

I think they recognize it -- they just hate and fear it. It's part of wanting not "rule by the people", but instead "rule by our people".

laura k said...

Oh geez, thank goodness I haven't been reading CBC coverage, that would drive me nuts, too.

I think they recognize it -- they just hate and fear it.

Yes, very true. Good point.

Many of the people using that expression are not members of any kind of ruling elite. They are ordinary working folk. And when they see an enormous uprising like we're seeing in Egypt right now, instead of seeing democracy and being excited or at least happy, they see chaos and are fearful. And playing on that fear of chaos is part of the appeal of authoritarian regimes.