Sandmonkey is a friend and one of Egypt’s most popular bloggers. As soon as the internet came back, he wrote a lengthy post about the situation from the inside. This is better than any mainstream media report you can read because it comes from an insider who’s also a skilled writer and who cares very deeply about the outcome. I highly recommend you check it out. Here’s one of my favorite parts:
People were complaining that they miss their lives. That they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery. That they need us to stop so they can resume whatever existence they had before all of this. All was forgiven, the past week never happened and it’s time for Unity under Mubarak’s rule right now.
To all of those people I say: NEVER! I am sorry that your lives and businesses are disrupted, but this wasn’t caused by the Protesters. The Protesters aren’t the ones who shut down the internet that has paralyzed your businesses and banks: The government did. The Protesters weren’t the ones who initiated the military curfew that limited your movement and allowed goods to disappear off market shelves and gas to disappear: The government did. The Protesters weren’t the ones who ordered the police to withdraw and claimed the prisons were breached and unleashed thugs that terrorized your neighborhoods: The government did. The same government that you wish to give a second chance to, as if 30 years of dictatorship and utter failure in every sector of government wasn’t enough for you
Update: There are reports that Sandmonkey was just arrested.
Update 2: Sandmonkey’s blog taken offline. Read post here instead.