Egypt Uprising How powerful is the act of self immolation on revoltions?

Revolutions still happen today, they were happening when I was ten years old, and they can still occur in the future. It interesting to look back and learn about an event that you didn't even know was happening in 2011. It defiantly changed my perspective on revolutions; how a person may be so upset and wanting a change that he would set himself on fire to hope the government would finally make a change. I find it challenging to look at both sides of the spectrum to see what and why things were that way. I would have not found any of this information if it weren't for the fact that I choose this revolution to research because its name was different, it said uprising instead of revolution. Since its an uprising I knew that it was going to be big on the people versus government which I find interesting.

Causes of Revolution

The Incubation Stage or long-term causes are the main reasons that started the revolution. For the Egypt uprising the long-term causes were poverty, corruption, police corruption (hurting innocent protesters), and lastly unemployment. The long term causes such as poverty and corruption were the reason the protest started but the police corruption just added to the fire. This made the problems worse because the police were ordered by the government and that is what the crowds were mad at. All of these causes affected the revolution differently but were all key ingredients in the Incubation stage.

Symptematic Stage

Next is the Symptomatic stage these are the short term causes/the trigger event. I believe that there is more than one event that really caused the "spark". Starting off with the the first riot in Tunisia in December 2010, triggered by the self-immolation of a young man frustrated by Tunisia’s high unemployment rate and rampant police corruption. Both of those are key points short term causes in the incubation stage. This caused the riots between police/government and protesters to escalate.

Crisis Stage

Crisis stage is full of the key events during the revolution. Following everything that lead up to the Crisis Stage the next major events that occurred were all protest/riot based. Many people yelling, chanting, and holding signs trying to change there government. The police would start to use water cannons and tear gas against the crowds. January 38, 2011 the protests in Egypt intensify. Mubārak appears on the television and announces the dismissal of his government. He appoints a vice president. Then February 1, 2011 Mubārak announces that he will not stand for reelection at the end of his term in September. This is the end of the Crisis Stage.

Convalescence Stage

The Convalescence stage is where the long term and short term affects of the revolution start to evolve. For the short term affects the big differences are that the price raises start to increase for staple goods during and after the revolution. This is very common but did affect a lot of the lower class. The other short term affect is that there was a large tourism halt. There wasn't many people coming in and exploring there country for the fear that they would get injured or pulled into the revolution. A lot of the long term affects were based on how the people are now living because of the change in government. Which is still affecting people and how they live there lives today.

Modern Revolution vs Historical Revolution

Modern Revolution like Egypt Uprising can have very comparisons to a Historical Revolution like the French Revolution. One thing that was very similar between the two is that the "spark" of the revolutions were caused by a protest type movements. As stated the Egypt Uprising spark was during the protests when a Egyptian set himself on fair. A difference is that in the French Revolution they were protesting for food particularly bread. Another similarity is the long term causes of the revolution. They both has problems with taxes and poverty. So even though there years apart and miles a way revolutions all have different characteristics that make them unique but there called a revolution for over throwing there government and that's the biggest similarity of all.

The Power of Self-Immolation

To immolate one self is a statement of total surrender. In many cases it is to get ones attention. In the case of the Egypt Uprising it was to get attention of the government. When the government final took charge they ordered the police to "use water cannons and tear gas against the crowds," according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Yes water is not that harmful but tear gas isn't the best way for the crowd to get less angry at the government. It caused the crowds to get more and more frustrated. The riots kept increasing even though they weren't making a major change. That is when some when to self immolation. This wasn't a new thing either in 2009 more than 100 Tibetans set them selves on fore to protest the Chinese rule according to npr. Its very debated on whether that truly is what caused anything to happen but I believe that it is what caused the "spark" to the Egypt Uprising. The self immolation of an Egyptian man out side the parliament building set the stage to the Revolution. This was the "spark" to the revolution it caused the protests to intensify even more where finally Mubārak steps to the stand and announces the dismissal of his government. The government from then on was changed the change the people were fighting for happened. The impact of the self immolation was so large that its terrifying. Its terrifying that one would go through that so that his country may change. That is why self immolation is so powerful.

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Created with images by Tom_El_Rumi - "DSC_0034" • cascade_of_rant - "Egyptian flag outside Sydney Town Hall" • Diario Critico Venezuela - "EGYPT-POLITICS-UNREST" • RamyRaoof - "Riot Police Surrounding Demonstration" • Jorge Lascar - "The 20m. high first Pylon and Gate of Ptolemy II (right) - Temple of Isis" • geraldM - "english civil war" • Interpretive Arson - "Dodging"

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