The protests in Egypt began on January 25th asking the President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Since then, the protests have continuously grown in both size and volume. When the protest first started, the majority of the activity was conducted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Now, protests have spread to other parts of the country including Alexandria.
The most striking feature of the protest in the last few days is that laborers are now joining in on the fight against Mubarak. Textile workers and other labor unions have officially stopped working and are demanding higher wages. At this rate, Egypt’s economy will fail, and it will fail fast. Egypt’s economy relies primarily on tourism, revenue from the Suez Canal and laborers. Take tourism and labor out, and you have a country in economic shambles. In fact, this is the worst economic downturn Egypt has seen in over three decades.
The political and economic unrest in Egypt has led to a failure of law enforcement. Laws provide a standard in society in terms of how an individual should behave. Laws provide structure and order in a given community, unfortunately the political situation in Egypt is creating an environment in which looting and crime is becoming widespread. Neighborhood watch groups protect their communities amidst the lawlessness because they know relying on law enforcement is no longer an option.
It is time for Mubarak to step down, he is simply watching his country crumble economically, politically and now in terms of the nation’s laws.