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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Candle Light Vigil update

We are proceeding as planned. We have initial National Security people's approval, we have the site's approval, and we have notified the media. All is going well, the only kink is getting the signiture of the Head of the National Security Agency on that permit, which is the one thing we are missing and the one thing we are working on. Now, some people may wonder, what exactly is their problem? Why is this taking so long? Well, apparently they are afraid for the following reasons: 1) The fact that President Mubarak will announce his running for President Today, which they suspect will unleash more terrorist attacks the moment the announcment is made. 2) The fact that the opposition is planning a march against the president at Al Azhar after Friday's prayer that Friday, which the police fear may be infiltrated by islamists and may cause some ruckus or problems or clashes with our protest. 3) The fact that they are scared incompetent morons and they fear that something may happen to us during our protest in front of international media, and they can't handle another international security failure. Okay, the scared incompetent morons part is all me in the third reason, but the rest is true. So, What to do? What to do? Get in over their heads. As I am writing this, some of us are making phonecalls to highly connected people to reach one highly connected individual, whose approval would just greenlight everything. It is the irony of all ironies that we might end up doing this because of him and his pull, but desperate times call for desperate measures. On a seperate note, it is entirely too frustrating that doing something like what we are planning to do is so hard and taking so much time and effort on our part. After this is over, I am done with any kind of planning of any kind of event. Just through with it all. Just trying to make this event happen is consuming my time, raising my blood pressure and will probably get me fired from my job. And I am just trying to do something good for the country's image,something that that is not political at all. I can't even imagine the kind of shit Alaa goes through, but damn it, I have newfound respect for him. Anyway, tommorow from 6 to 9. Wear white. We have the candles, we just need you to be there!

9 Comments:

At 7/28/2005 03:05:00 AM, Anonymous Alaa said...

ah the benefits of being in the opposition.

you see to me its not such a frustrating thing at all, I organized 4 protests so far, we simply do not ask for permits, it is our right to protest so we just go ahead and organize it.

the media is easy after the first time, you got the numbers, got the emails and you know who to call, they're also keeping an eye on the blogs these days so just getting the thing mentioned on many blogs is enough to attract their attention.

as for spreading the word you don't even do anything about it, egyptians love to forward emails and sms messages.

the tough parts are usually the banners, posters, flags etc, time consuming, costly but can be fun if you're working with creative friends.

 
At 7/28/2005 07:47:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Well, Sandmonkey, for a scared, incompetant moron, you are doing one hell-u-va job. Power to ya babe!!!

With luv, your Canadain grannie.

 
At 7/28/2005 07:48:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Cripes. Can't spell this morning. Too bad.

 
At 7/28/2005 09:04:00 AM, Anonymous Moushira said...

Guys excuse me.. , now i am lost..... What Candle light Vigil..?????? Is that different from the Silent protest on Saturday.......??? huh..:))))
let me know quickly...am not finished with banners Yet..,Hell!

 
At 7/28/2005 09:11:00 AM, Anonymous Moushira said...

OOOOOOOoopps.. Got it , got it..!!
At Al-Azhar park...........!

 
At 7/28/2005 09:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was easy, everybody could do it and your voices would get lost in the background noise. Besides, the harder you work for something, the more you value it.
BTW, has it occurred to you that the Security people might be correct? That is no reason to stop, but it is a reason to prepare. You are the softest of soft targets. While I'm sure your courage matches if not exceeds that of a homocide bomber, it wouldn't hurt to ask people to bring first aid kits, and maybe hire an ambulance to stand by. Can you do that in Egypt? Having compression bandages and other handy little items there could be a lifesaver. It is better to have them and not need them then to need them and not have them.

 
At 7/28/2005 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any thing involving candles should also have a bucket of water handy ...

or maybe some ... sand.

Good luck & stay safe.

 
At 7/28/2005 07:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck and take care, I wish you all the best.

 
At 7/29/2005 09:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you go! i will be praying for you all before, during and after the vigil. i can't wait to see the pictures and i hope that somehow the western media will take note as well. be careful but stay strong, kelly

 

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