Late on Saturday night, two pro-Democracy activists — a young man and a young woman who’ve asked that we not use their names out of fear of imprisonment and torture — started a petition on Change.org, dictating the text to an ally over a phone line because the government has shut down the internet throughout the country.
These Egyptians — activists participating in what is being called the “January 25 Movement” — believe we’re at a possible tipping point within the country. The Egyptian army has is siding with the protesters, the President has already been forced to dismiss his entire cabinet, and there are unconfirmed reports that some members of the ruling family are leaving the country.
These Egyptian activists believe that a flood of international support right now can help to change the course of Egypt’s history for decades to come.
This is extremely urgent — please don’t wait to take action. Click here now to add your name to this critical petition for democracy started by these two Egyptian activists on behalf of the January 25 Movement:
Thanks for taking action today,
Patrick and the Change.org Team
P.S. Here’s the text of the petition: (You can see the original version in Arabic here.)
On January 25, we the people of Egypt took to the streets to demand our rights!
We are not unified by one party, class or religion: we are not Muslim and we are not Christian, we are not rich and we are not poor – we are the multifaceted people of Egypt – Muslims and Christians and Egyptians of all classes.
We demand our civil, political and human rights.
We demand the immediate resignation of the president and parliament.
We demand a new constitution.
We demand free and fair elections.
We demand the complete and total release of all political prisoners and detainees.
We demand the return of open access to all communication networks.
We demand that the police stop shooting at us, stop their brutality and stop their attacks on journalists.
We are the January 25 movement, and we are not going to stop until our demands are met!
We call on Egyptians and our international supporters to sign this petition of support, which will be sent to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, officials in the interior and foreign ministries, and Egyptian embassies all over the world.
Add your name:
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