Egypt is witnessing an unparalleled uprising now. I am watching live video of the night time riots, which are happening in violation of a presidential curfew. Apparently the army has been called in so things are escalating rapidly. We can know that human beings are being hurt and killed in the chaos.
I found this source which provides a succinct explanation of what is going on:
What’s happening? Inspired by the recent protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government and the ousting of longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptians have joined other protesters across the Arab world (in Algeria, notably) in protesting their autocratic governments, high levels of corruption, and grinding poverty. In Egypt, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets.
Why are Egyptians unhappy? They have basically no more freedom than Tunisians. Egypt is ranked 138th of 167 countries on The Economist’s Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom. That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia. And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west.
Please join me in expressing solidarity with those in #Egypt, that peace and justice may be restored, and that more Egyptians may experience the fruits of freedom in the wake of what is now taking place. Please also pray for their safety, and especially for the safety of Egypt’s minority Christian community.