dateline: 31 January 2011
Egyptians Call for Million Man March
- demonstrator: a person who gathers with others in public to demand change
- overthrow: to remove the person in power
- uprising: an act of protest against a leadership or cause that grows steadily in a short amount of time
- dictator: a strict leader who rarely makes changes and doesn’t listen to his/her people’s wants and needs
- in turmoil: experiencing a major problem or conflict
- charter flight: a special flight that was not originally scheduled
- momentum: strength and intensity required to cause physical change
- What are the Egyptian people demanding?
- What inspired the uprising?
- Why does the report mention the Egyptian army?
Discussion Question: Do you think the Egyptian people have the momentum needed to bring down the government? Why or why not?
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Egyptians call for Million Man March
Demonstrators across Egypt are determined to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for 30 years. The uprising was inspired by Tunisians who brought down their own dictator earlier this month. Despite a government imposed curfew, crowds continued to gather in Tahrir square in central Cairo a week after the initial protest. The protestors are demanding democratic reform and have called for a general strike. They have also asked the army to join their scheduled million-man march throughout the streets of Egypt on February 1st. With the country in turmoil, basic needs such as food, gas, and money are in short supply. Governments from other countries have sent out chartered flights to evacuate their citizens from Egypt.
- The Egyptian people are demanding democratic reform. They want President Mubarak to resign.
- Egyptians were inspired by the people of Tunisia who were able to overthrow their government earlier this month.
- The report mentions the Egyptian army because the protestors have asked the army to take their side in a revolt against the government.