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Egyptian Immigrants Join Calls for Mubarak to Resign Immediately

Tahrir (Liberation) Square on January 25, 2011

Tahrir (Liberation) Square on January 25, 2011 (Photo: We are all Khaled Said)

Following up yesterday’s post—Egyptian American bloggers and commentators have let loose a whirlwind of posts since the protests in Egypt began, and especially since last Thursday, when the Internet went dark for Egypt’s active virtual community.

The diaspora is afire with words of solidarity with the protesters, calls for Mubarak to resign immediately, anger towards what they view as misrepresentation of the situation by the Western media, analysis of President Obama’s handling of Egypt, and emotional personal narratives of connection to people and places in their homeland.

The Twitter conversation is dominated by #Egypt #Mubarak #Tahrirsquare and #Jan25 hashtags (the last of which refers to the day Egyptians took to the streets en masse, and is also National Police Day, a public holiday that commemorates the police resistance to British troops in 1952).

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian American former journalist, now blogger and columnist, has been one of the clearest and loudest voices throughout the uprising. On Tuesday she was a guest on PBS Newshour discussing what’s next for Egypt:

AboutSarah Kate Kramer
Sarah Kate Kramer first got hooked on collecting stories as a StoryCorps facilitator, then traveled the world with a microphone for a few years before settling down in her hometown of New York City. From 2010-2012 she was the editor of Feet in 2 Worlds and a freelance reporter for WNYC Radio, where she created “Niche Market,” a weekly segment that profiled specialty stores in New York. Sarah is now a producer at Radio Diaries, a non-profit that produces documentaries for NPR and other public radio outlets.