UPDATE: It was just announced that President Hosni Mubarak has resigned as the Egyptian president and has handed control to the military. For more details, go here.
Imagine President Obama being the president for 30 years. Of course, it's not possible because, in America, presidents can only serve two four-year terms of office, but, just think of what it would be like and what it would do to the country if we had the same president...for like ever.
What happens to the people who disagree with the president's policies? Do they ever get the chance to see someone they agree with take charge? What happens when a president is in charge for too long? Protests, fighting and a country in an uproar? Meet the current situation in Egypt.
Why is everyone in Egypt so mad and what do they want done?
People are protesting in the country's capital city of Cairo. What sparked the anger and demonstrations? Accusations of rigged elections in November 2010, a high rate of youth unemployment, and the fact that President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981, will begin another term or be replaced by his son soon. The majority of people want Mubarak to step down and make way for free elections. They want someone new in charge, they want change.
Not everyone in Egypt feels that way though. There are locals who are so poor that they do not want to and can't afford to deal with the protests. They'd rather see Mubarak stay in office than have continuous fighting and set backs. Egypt is already suffering economically due to the current protests.
What does social networking have to do with it?
When something goes wrong, where's the first place people go to express their feelings? Online, right? That's exactly what Egyptians did when the protests in their country began. The protests actually started online and then went to the streets. Egyptians used to Twitter to communicate their location and post videos of the protests and crowds. This caused the Egyptian government to shut down Internet access and restrict cell phone use.
So what's happening now?
The protests have been going on for a few weeks now, reporters have been forced to leave the protest area and Tahrir Square in Cairo is still chaotic. Earlier today, news broke that Egyptian president Mubarak will announce that he has decided to step down, hopefully ending the protests and ending his 30-year run as president.
However, Mubarak did not step down. And tonight's events filled the optimistic crowd of protesters with shock, despair and more outrage. Check out this earlier news broadcast about the Egyptian protests to get an idea about what's going on there. Let us know what you think or know about the crisis in Egypt in the comments.