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EGYPT: Blogger who recently revealed his identity reflects on future political hopes [Video]

February 9, 2011 |  7:44 am


Recent video footage from the anti-government demonstrators' headquarters in Tahrir Square shows Egyptian blogger and activist Sandmonkey (who recently revealed his identity after an alleged police beating) reflecting on the revolution and his future political hopes.

Asked whether he thinks President Hosni Mubarak will resign anytime soon he stresses that, above all, Egyptians want to elect their own president and leaders. He expresses careful skepticism about the Egypt-related political twists and turns that are currently unfolding in the country and in the State Department.

"I have no idea...there is a big difference between whether Mubarak's days are counted and whether the regime's days are counted. Because the Americans have called for a peaceful transition of power which is very specific language. It doesn't entail democracy, democratic elections anywhere in that sentence." 

The video was filmed last week on the day of the million-day march, which drew huge crowds to Tahrir Square. The blogger says Egyptian authorities were doing their best to stop people, including himself, from descending on Cairo and the square by shutting down major roads around the country. Desperate efforts done in vain.

"The regime has tried its hardest to prevent us all from coming here today. They have shut down all major roads going into the country ... they almost prevented me from coming in ... now they're boxing people in, but it's not working. People are ... showing up. People are not afraid," he said.

--Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Video credit: YouTube/Zero Silence Project