By John Ballard
It was December 17 last year that Muhammad Buazizi, Tunisian street vendor, set himself afire. That event marked the beginning of what has now been termed the Arab Spring. At this writing the echoes of that movement have resounded around the world, including variants in the US, Russia and even China. I want to say something wise and insightful but words fail me. The hard work of following up seems just to have begun. The last few days have seen the return of a savage crackdown in Egypt by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) as the same young revolutionaries resume their principled fight.
This Twitter message and picture are worth a thousand words.
Really sad that Egyptian protesters have
to write their phone numbers in their
clothes on case they die
Ben Wedeman is a CNN reporter on the scene in Egypt.
He says "Cairo death toll has reached 10. Situation extremely disturbing. Army seems incapable of doing anything but beating and killing."
This link from The Atlantic with video and other pictures shows what is happening.