Around the world, everyday civilians are standing up for what they believe by protesting against their own government entities. More than any other part of the world, we see this in theMiddle East, where Islamics are fighting for their freedom and attempting to try and take the direction of the country into their own hands.
The Egyptian Revolution, which started on January 25 of this year, was the first uprising that influenced this movement around theMiddle East. This was evident when demonstrators inCairoassembled inTahrir Squareon February 8 of this year in hopes of overthrowing the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Two days later, Mubarak stepped down from power andEgyptbegan the difficult task of creating a new government. Little did the Egyptians know, that they would soon return toTahrir Squareto go head to head with police as the democratic process took shape.
Early Sunday, the violence was started when protestors refused to leaveTahrir Square. This led to police firing tear gas and charging at the demonstrators. The violence continued as state security forces burned banners and destroyed video footage of the destruction. Reports of brutality ran rampant, however these claims were not verified. Undeterred protesters collected themselves, regrouping on streets around the square and taking the area back from police.
There are signs that calming heads can prevail, however, as protestor leadership met with security officials, an agreement was reached that allowed the movement to continue to occupy the Square. With staggered elections beginning this week, a true democratic transition is underway.
Democracy and the freedom that it ensures to its constituents, is a movement big enough to warrant fighting for, and at times, dying for. Wars are routinely fought for the rights of people and the visions of those wars are often shown as uniformed good guys fighting opposing armies that are oppressive by nature. What is taking place in Middle Eastern countries, who have grown tired of oppression, is no less a war than the type we all have grown up with. Throughout history, the demoralized public has proved it will bend only so far by the hands of a totalitarian government. The masses will organize and succeed that iron-handed leadership and do what is necessary to gain the rights that should be given at birth.