For 18 days protesters packed the streets Cairo’s Tahrir Square demanding Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquish his power. Finally, three decades in power have come to and end.
The world has been watching, waiting, hoping and lending their support and blessings to protesters in Egypt. A protest that began on January 25 revitalized a nation. A peaceful demonstration took place that unfortunately wasn’t without violence, death and heartbreak.
The stubbornness of a President determined to maintain his power fueled the fury of Egyptians unflinching in their fight for their rights. Protesters swiftly rejected the (now former) President Hosni Mubarak’s steps towards resignation. They wouldn’t accept anyone in his company to take control. Mubarak dared protesters and they met that challenge, facing it with courage. Their ultimate demand was that he step down and they would accept nothing less. They would not be intimidated. They would not back down.
Finally, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. He went on further to announce that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will now run for now. The news of the President’s resignation spread like wildfire. For far too long Egyptians have desired change in their country. Now the world celebrates a successful revolution. The dreams of a free, peaceful and open Egypt have been realized.
The men and women of Egypt are true heroes. The historic events in Egypt have inspired millions. The world is proud of their victory for a multitude of reasons but nothing as much as the display of bravery and extraordinary willpower they so boldly expressed.
This is only just the beginning. There’s a long road ahead. Many questions have been left unanswered and will remain unanswered for some time. Nonetheless, the will of the people will never be ignored again.
“Egypt is free!”