The Arab Spring brought a lot of change for the countries it affected. Regimes were toppled, dictators were ousted, and populations that had been silent in the face of oppression for decades finally stood up for themselves. One of the biggest reasons for this change of response was new technology. The internet and social media made it easier for people to have access to news that wasn’t full of government propaganda. The revolution in Egypt is a good example of this, where Facebook pages gave reports and photos of police violence and Egyptian suffering at the hands of the regime. Egypt was ready for its revolution in 2011 partly thanks to the Facebook page “Kullena Khaled Said,” which helped to inform, organize, and mobilize Egyptians in peaceful protests against the oppressive regime.
The page was created in June of 2010 by Wael Ghonim. It was made shortly after the attack and murder of Khaled Said by the Egyptian secret police. The page and a few others were a response to a photo of Said that showed his face beaten beyond recognition, combined with the official cause of death being declared a drug overdose. The page took advantage of this new wave of interest by discussing police violence and other injustices that weren’t being covered by the state-run media. The page did not take any strong stances against the government to avoid alienating more moderate Egyptians. The key to the revolution was getting as many people involved as possible, so this decision was very important to its overall success.
The following on the page rapidly grew, and members began meeting in public in peaceful silent protests organized on the page. While these events meant nothing to the regime, it meant a lot for the people that took part. The fact that they could do this without being stopped gave them the confidence they would need to finally stand up to the regime. When the Tunisian revolution began in December of 2010 and succeeded in January of 2011, the page took the opportunity to make a change of their own. Ghonim made a Facebook event for the protest that would prove to be the beginning of the end for the Egyptian regime. President Mubarak stepped down in February of 2011 to finally bring an end to his 30 year rule.
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