Monday, February 14, 2011

The April 6th Youth Movement -Egypts Youth Activist Group

The Facebook group The April 6 Movement has been the catalyst of the current political upheaval shaking up the government of Hosni Mubarak. Formed around three years ago, the loosely organized social network forum & movement was started by young activists Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Salah in order to mobilize support for striking industrial workers El-Mahalla El-Kubra. They wanted to organize people to support the cause of the workers, who were planning a strike April 6, 2008.

The events in Tunisia in January and its success inspired the youth groups in Egypt galvanizing change.

According to AlJazeera news broadcast, April 6th Youth Movement founders sought inspiration and advise from the Otpor! (meaning Resistance) Movement a student led uprising that led to the overthrow of dictator Slobodan Milošević in 2000.

Otpor! advice on the key to success:

  • Unity
  • Discipline
  • Planning
  • Avoid violence in any way
  • Keep people engaged with chants and slogans
  • Be clear in their aims/goals

April 6th Youth Movement mission as stated on their Face book Page: We are a group of Egyptian Youth from different backgrounds, age and trends gathered for a whole year since the renewal of hope in 6 April 2008 in the probability of mass action in Egypt which allowed all kind of youth from different backgrounds, society classes all over Egypt to emerge from the crisis and reach for the democratic future that overcomes the case of occlusion of political and economic prospects that the society is suffering from these days. Most of us did not come from a political background, nor participated in political or public events before 6 April 2008 but we were able to control and determine our direction through a whole year of practice.

Read more April 6th Youth Movement Facebook Page

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