Monday, January 31, 2011

Top 5 most popular stories of oppression in Egypt

Egypt is on the headlines and people worldwide have turned to the internet to read up about the country, perhaps in search of more information about the culture of repression and endemic impunity not covered by mainstream media. This explains why stories of oppression and police brutality in Egypt make up the list of top 5 most popular articles this week on this blog.

The top 5 most popular stories of oppression in Egypt on this blog as of today include the following (starting with the hottest):
  1. Khaled Mohammed Said: Another Casualty of Egyptian police brutality. It is worth mentioning that "Khaled Mohammed Said" has been the most popular "keyword" and has sent the most traffic (predominantly from Google) to this blog since the story of the the young Egyptian brutalised to death by Egyptian police in Alexandria was posted in June 2010.
  2. The U.S should respect rights and demands of Egyptians: An opinion piece about the role of the U.S. in the on-going Egyptian crisis.
  3. Egypt: Don't forget Khaled Mohammed Said: Shines light on a postponed trial of police officers arrested in relation to the death of Khaled Said.
  4. Ahmed Shaaban: Tortured to death by Egyptian police? This is the story of another young Egyptian allegedly beaten to death by police in Egypt in Alexandria barely 5 months after Khaled Mohammed Said met his end in the hands of plainclothes officers.
  5. Egypt: Two police officers arrested over death of Khaled Mohammed Said.
It is no coincidence that Egypt is the hottest topic online and offline this week, and that all the above articles are about the Arab Republic.

Thousands of people are out in the streets for 7 days now - defying boots, batons, water canons, teargas and a curfew imposed by a 30-year-old autocratic regime. Rights have been violated in full glare of the world, but the message of thousands of repressed Egyptians is still loud and unmistaken - they want an end to 23-years of "emergency rule" under a 30-years old regime.

The people have spoken. Democracy should take its course.

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