Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Revolution's Bandwagon- II

On Friday the 28th of January, around 2 am in the morning, after a day long of unstable internet connectivity and rumors that we will be experiencing a blackout, the internet was gone. Just like that, with no warnings or explanations, the internet population of Egypt were silenced.

But then we all woke up to dead phones!!! You couldn't make or receive calls and you couldn't send or receive text messages. Imagine that...on the day of the biggest and angriest protests Egypt has ever seen...Friday of Rage, no one was able to contact the other.  Wherever you were that day...running from tear gas or getting shot at by rubber bullets (which we later realized were occasionally replaced with live ammo) or engaging in battles with riot police, or home on your couch watching - you kept thinking you had no connection.. 'just incase....'

The next morning our phones suddenly started ringing off the hook, people were going crazy trying to reach their loved ones. Many phones kept ringing with no answer... Many phones never rang...many phones were answered by complete strangers...

I can not capture the anger or frustration that the blackout caused...I can not even start to think of the amounts of lives that could have been saved had there been a chance to call for help.

With that in mind, even with the return of phone communication, the SMS service was still out.  However, it seemed like the Mobile companies (Vodafone, Etisalat & Mobinil) were able to text their customers, and I wish they didn't.

Their messages were provocative,offensive and plain invasive due to the clear political agenda they carried...and simply because no one else could send texts!!

Here are the samples:

The Armed Forces are keen for your safety and security
and will not resort to violence against this great people.

To every mother-father-sister-brother and every honorable
citizen, look out for this country، for it is an ever-lasting home.
Youth of Egypt, be ware of rumors and listen to the voice
of reason. Egypt is above all..protect her.

The Armed Forces call upon Egypt's loyal men, to confront
 the traitors and criminals and protect our people and our
honor, for Egypt is precious.
And the worst one of all...

A demonstration rally begins on Wednesday at Noon at
Mostafa Mahmood Square in support of President Mubarak

So moves like this  (images below) make me even angrier - and although I'll pretend to understand that they had no choice - I feel that something MUST be done. I know they gave out free minutes and offered more time for delayed bills bla bla, but it feels like this was a great injustice done to the people..the 'great people' they so blatantly call out to in their texts.

Because this patriotic flair does not really go hand in hand with sending messages DURING A REVOLUTION promoting pro-regime rallies! It does not complement the fact that there were lives lost because of this nightmarish blockage of communication.

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