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Egypt revolution youth form national coalition
Youth and opposition groups band together form a coalition that hopes to represent the increasing number of protesters
Salma Shukrallah , Wednesday 9 Feb 2011
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REUTER / Photo Dylan Martinez Doctors raise their fists in defiance, demanding that Mubarak step down (Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez).
AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti Demonstrators run before parliament building, Thursday morning (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti).

“The Youth Revolution” has become the term widely used to describe Egypt's recent uprising, despite the diversity of its members. Although people of all ages and various social backgrounds  have taken part in one way or another in the (thus far) 15-day revolt, the uprising has been widely attributed to the youth primarily because of their 25 January Internet initiative.

The Khaled Saeed Facebook group, which was formed to commemorate 28-year-old who died at the hands of Egyptian police, had taken the initiative to declare 25 January a day of Egyptian revolt to condemn police brutality. Following their steps, several bloggers, Facebook and Twitter users, as well as activist groups and associations, quickly adopted their call. Although few believed it could actually happen, the initiative snowballed to become Egypt's largest uprising in its modern history.

Hoping to create a form of representation for themselves, many young activists have banded to form a coalition called “The Revolution's Youth”. Groups involved include the 6 April Youth movement, Justice and Freedom, Muslim Brotherhood youth, ElBaradei's campaign, The Popular Democratic Movement for Change (HASHD), The Democratic Front and Khaled Saeed Facebook group administrators. The coalition has 14 group representatives in total and a general assembly with a few hundred members.

The group representatives include Ahmed Maher and Mahmoud Samy from the 6 April Youth movement, ElBaradei supporters Ziad Alimy and Abdel Rahman Samir, Islam Lotfy and Mohamed Abbas from the Muslim Brotherhood, Shady Ghazali Harb and Amr Salah from the Democratic Front Party and from the Youth for Justice and Freedom, Khaled Sayed and Mostafa Shaki.

Additionally, Wael Ghoneim, one of the founders of the Facebook group “Kolona Khaled Said” (We are all Khaled Said), as well as independent activitsts Naser Abdel Hamid, Abdel Rahman Faris and Sally Moore are also members.

According to Ahmed Ezzat, a HASHD and coalition member, the coalition is still expanding and intends to include other young and diverse political trends that have been part of Egypt's political sphere over the past few past years.

"Although it started with only these groups we hope it expands to include all the other young activists, including young members from the Karama party, Labor party, Kifaya and all others including independent bloggers and Internet activists,” says Ezzat.  

Not claiming that they are talking on the uprising's behalf, the coalition was formed with an aim to provide representation for the young who have played a role in political life in Egypt and have contributed to the current revolt. However, the uprising has taken its own path, independent of these groups, and, according to many of their members, the coalition only aims to articulate its demands and keep them at the forefront of public consciousness as Egypt prepares for change.

Although diverse in vision, the coalition's groups have long agreed on basic demands, which they believe will lead to a more democratic Egypt, and have worked cooperatively in recent years to push for these common goals. The groups' common requests have included an end to police brutality, the abolition of emergency law, free and fair elections, constitutional changes and an end to Mubarak's thirty-year rule.

The coalition’s current stand is not to engage in any negotiations until pesident Mubarak steps down. While many coalitions claiming to represent the revolt have already involved themselves in such talks with government bodies, the coalition of the Revolution's Youth has insisted on its primary demand before any details are discussed.

In Tahrir square, where tens of thousands are still holding daily protests, the coalition has set up its own stage in front of the Mogama'a building, with speakers and microphones, through which it transmits its views and latest developments to the public. The stage is also used for young people to perform their music and poetry.

The coalition’s main challenge now is to sustain an organized body in which the thousands of young Egyptians that are now taking to the streets can be represented.  





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Ibrahim Ghazi
04-04-2011 11:46pm
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love to egypt
from Ibrahim Ghazi (pharmacist) 82 Scarborough str.,Monterey NSW Australia بسم اللة الرحمن الرحيم مشروغ القومى دعوة لكل مهندس زراعى و لكل مصرى للمنكة محصول القمح و الارز و الذرة خلال 5000 الشباب استثارات الاسهم 5 جنية للحكومة لتوزيع على الشباب الخرجين منهدس زراعى مع المنزل و الاراضى على ان تخصص خمسة افدنة لكل شباب احكومة بتدبير الموارد و اعتماد المميزانيات لاقامة البنية الاساسة و مشاكة جمغيات الجتمع المدنى فى التمينة الاسم ابراهيم غازى 64 شارع احمد الزمر شقة 3 مدينة نصر ت 22750355اليلام عليلكم ورحة اللة
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Doctor
13-02-2011 10:56pm
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Youth is the answer
Very true. I am not from Egypt but I was totally glued to this news right from Jan 25 and I am sure many around the world were too. What I believe is there has to be a very smooth transition towards democracy after such a spirited show of determination, courage and humanity by the people of Egypt. Its young population is the only key towards this and the sooner they are called upon to participate in the reorganisation of the society and the reforms, the better it will be for Egypt. I have expressed my thoughts here http://kirtitandel.blogspot.com/2011/02/egypt-revolution-2011-internet-youth.html Once again congratulations and greetings to the wonderful people of Egypt. May God bless you all...
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Hip Hop
12-02-2011 02:36am
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FREEDOM
As Kanye West would say: http://www.hiphoppostcard.com/no-one-man-should-have-all-that-power
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moustafa allabban
11-02-2011 02:56pm
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youth coalition
egypt is going DOWN
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GragnAhmed
10-02-2011 04:54pm
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viva youthh
8. The army should push for the democracy movement and urgently end the stand of with Mubarek. 9. All the officials should be banned from leaving the country and the attorney should immediately do that. Including Mubarek. 10. The youth will nominate through its members the caretaker committee in consultation with Muslim Brother hood and other big players. 11. International bodies should stand with the revolution so it can be a speedy transition. It is also necessary to stop the economy from backsliding. The international embassies should stop supporting MUbarek and openly demand him to step down. I am from East Africa and I hope this will be a new day for AFrica.
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stoges
10-02-2011 03:55am
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i found a great hip hop tribute video to the revolution . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuMEflMG7R8
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GragnAhmed
10-02-2011 03:28am
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viva youth
The Mubarek era is over, they think with muscles. They believe in force. Instead they should have earned respect by standing down or at least by using civil language. If the youth turns violent it is because of the government and USA ' s reluctance. So they youth should right away call its members for emergency mission and make it known for Mubarek they mean business. So, one opportunity to do is: 1. Show sense of Solidarity 2. Make it clear that the youth is not represented by any other group. 3. The revolution belongs to the people of Egypt. The martyrs' are the founders of the revolution. 4. The current change is due to the struggle fought by our forefathers of varied belonging including mainly of course Muslim brotherhood. 5. WE call upon all the civic societies to come forward and officially back this movement. 6. From now on we don't recognixe the rule of ad hoc military men. 7. Police immediately should stand with the protection of the people. 8. The army should push
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Worldemocracy
09-02-2011 05:33pm
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Want to help egypt people ?
It's easy : vote in one click on www.worldemocracy.com, tell 10 friends to do so, share it massively on facebook / twitter. Thanks for them. Worldemocracy, it's every day one opportunity to express your vote on a subject that affects you.
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Worldemocracy
09-02-2011 05:33pm
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Want to help egypt people ?
It's easy : vote in one click on www.worldemocracy.com, tell 10 friends to do so, share it massively on facebook / twitter. Thanks for them. Worldemocracy, it's every day one opportunity to express your vote on a subject that affects you.
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Guy Nordenson
09-02-2011 04:17pm
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Al Ahram
Warmest congratulations for your excellent and inspiring news coverage. Our hearts are with you.
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