Ordinary Citizens in Egypt Suffer During Revolts.

7 Feb

While protesters  in Egypt successfully revolted against a government they found unjust, citizens in Egypt had to suffer through many dangers throughout their country.

Innocent unidentified citizens flee as protests in Egypt become more violent in major cities.

January 28th, 2011.

As anti-riot police fight off protesters it becomes a normality and a daily struggle for citizens in Egypt to get anywhere.

January 28th, 2011.

While protesters in Egypt are rioting through the streets to try to revolt against the government and make their country a better place for the future they are destroying the country in the present. Patience for the government to change on it’s own may not be an option for protesters. A protest that is planned out with more peaceful methods such as those used by Gandhi or during the Civil Rights Movements would be less harmful to the other citizens in their country. While protesters in Egypt may think they are bettering their country they are actually destroying their fellow citizens around them and metaphorically and literally destroying their country in the process.

Although it may be true that protesters wanted to keep riots peaceful the fact is that starting protests on the street always leaves the possibility for riots. Despite many of their’ best efforts to keep protests peaceful, people rioting on the street has still disrupted many ordinary citizens’ lives and has caused unrest throughout their country. While enemies of Mubarak succeeded in ending a thirty year regime, history shows us that revolutions do not always lead to a happy ending for all citizens.


This video demonstrates the beliefs of ordinary citizens in Egypt about the protests. Even though they may agree with the cause many citizens of Egypt agree that the protests may be hurting their country and their way of life more then it is helping it.

However, peaceful methods were not always used through out history. Other riots in the past have had long term effects on various cities and the ordinary citizens not involved in the protests.

During the Civil Rights movement not all methods were peaceful. The Detroit and Newark Riots of 1967 had equally traumatic effects on ordinary citizens of both cities.

While lack of rights that were seen in both Egypt and during the Civil Rights movement for African American should not be accepted, planning revolutions in a way that does not harm the community is also important. Revolts that happen spur of the moment such as the revolts in Detroit in 1967 can have damaging effects on the town and citizens of that town for various years to come. While Mubarak has been pushed out and the revolts appear successful everything will not be the way everyone wants it to be in Egypt. There were citizens in Egypt who were content with life as it was and whether or not the revolution meant a better life for them jobs and civilian life were put at risk.

This is a picture of an African American being beaten by police during the Detroit riot of 1967. Ordinary citizens had to endure seeing incidents like this for five days in July, an event that is hard to mentally recover from.

This video recounts the riots in Detroit from an eyewitness of the event. It illustrates that even when riots are over they still affect the city and people who had to endure them.

It’s important to fight for a cause but it’s also important to have a plan and think about how your plan is effecting your country and the others around you.
There’s a difference between protests that are like this:

And protests that are planned out and don’t effect the others around them negatively like this:

It’s always important to fight for what you believe in but we don’t need to physically fight for what we believe in. While riots are causing ordinary citizens lives in Egypt to become hell are protesters really benefiting their country as much as they think they are?

After revolutionaries succeeded in overthrowing a leader they found to be unfair, Post-revolution Egyptians are not quite ready to completely celebrate yet.
This article in USA Today describes the situation in Egyptian tourism. Normally Egypt, as a country of rich history and attractions gains significant amounts of revenue from US and other countries’ tourism. However, after the recent revolution people are still wondering if the country is stabilized and safe.

Students also have to consider the post revolutionary world in Egypt and this video portrays some of the ways students will deal with Egypt after its recent revolution.

A revolution no matter how long or short, will always have an impact on the people of that country. While many in Egypt thought a revolution was necessary to overthrow an unjust government, some disagreed with changing the way Egypt was run and now have to suffer the consequences. As businesses and tourism declined in Egypt during the revolution and even now Mubarak has been overthrown it is important to focus on the impact it has on everyone in the country.


2 Responses to “Ordinary Citizens in Egypt Suffer During Revolts.”

  1. Ann-Marie February 21, 2011 at 1:49 AM #

    There are a few spelling error such as ‘lifes’ in the final paragraph.

  2. lgsproffery May 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM #

    1. Check spelling (affect/effect, etc.)
    2. This essay is most effective when it’s illustrative and exploratory; less so when it asks rhetorical questions of the reader. You might even want to think of removing the question of whether it’s JUST to affect ordinary citizens and simply concentrate on how riots affected ordinary citizens. Certainly the Civil Rights movement still disrupted the lives of many, if not to the extent of the riots in Egypt. It might even be helpful to stick to one or two incidents, or choose a focus — these are such vast subjects ONE kind of effect on uninvolved citizens’ lives might suffice.
    3. Good research.

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