Egypt’s April 6th Whimper

Yesterday marked one year since Egypt’s liberal Facebook dissidents first launched their technologically innovative – if not entirely successful – protest against the Mubarak regime.  To commemorate the occasion, the “April 6th” movement planned a well-publicized general strike, which attracted the support of a broad-based coalition that included the Ghad party, Kefaya, Nasserists, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Well, the official verdict on April 6th II is in: it was a complete failure.  For the most part, Egyptians carried on with their day-to-day activities, while April 6th leader Ahmed Maher retreated to an undisclosed location.  In turn, the regime declared outright victory, with the state-run al-Ahram boasting that the locations of proposed demonstrations were completely empty. 

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