The unrest that has been sweeping North Africa over the past month is now raging in Egypt. Protesters use Facebook and Twitter to organize and coordinate rallies, and calls for new protests gather several thousand supporters within hours of posting.
The Egyptian opposition has come together as a united force after six days of bloody anti-government riots. The nationwide demonstrations to remove President Hosni Mubarak from power have resulted in more than 100 killed and thousands injured.
Egypt’s internet service providers have shot down access for all users in the first-ever such move for a large country. This is apparently aimed against the thousands of protesters who have been co-ordinating their actions online.
The images of angry protesters in Egypt in Tunisia gathering in the streets are may look similar to the color revolutions that have rocked the world in recent years. However, they may differ in at least on one crucial point: spontaneity.
Protests inspired by the revolt in Tunisia have dominoed along Egypt, Yemen and Algeria. Some experts have drawn comparisons between popular uprisings in the Middle East to color revolutions seen in post-Soviet countries.