individual nation that underwent the Arab Spring, there were contrasting outcomes. On January 25, 2011, thousands of Egyptians “united solely in wishing to rid their country of Mr. Mubarak
Barnett 2and in the aim of forging a real democracy.” (Mubarak Tropelled) The people of Egypt were successful and following eighteen jarring days of protest and unprecedented civil disobedience, Mubarak stepped down as president and fled the country of Egypt. Being the largest Arab country and only the second to see its people take action, Egypt was remarkably influential in theuprisings that transpired following the January of 2011. Egypt was not only influenced by social media advancements and the successful profound Tunisian revolt but the civil disobedience that took place between January 25th and February 11th of 2011 led to a variety of changes across this region of the world. In Egypt, the civilly disobedient were matched with much criticism by the military instructed to govern following the exit of former president Mubarak (A Year of Revolution). For all of history up to this point, the action of speaking negatively towards one’s government, or expressing personal views and opinions was illegal and resulted in severe punishment. The youthful liberals that are expecting change and democratic revolution remain under Islamist control due to their election and approval by previous generations. The tyrants and militants of Egypthave “cracked down on civil society and protests” (Mogahed). It is expected by leaders that despite the success of eliminating Mubarak, the actions of the hopeful protestors will only decrease the success of Egypt and make no change. These people only see success on a national
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