Egypt’s revolution, still unfolding, is not a leaderless one. At the core of the movement that turned out hundreds of thousands in Tahrir Square, in Cairo’s suburbs and in Alexandria, Suez, Port Said and other cities was a dozen or so activists, mostly twenty-somethings, brilliantly strategic and media-savvy, using Facebook and other Internet platforms to reach out to Egyptians wanting change.
Among them, the groups We Are All Khaled Said and the April 6 Youth Movement, along with young labor activists, young supporters of Mohammad ElBaradei’s nascent party and the youth wing of the Muslim Brotherhood led the way. Joining in were Egypt’s legal and semi-legal political parties and movements, including the Tomorrow Party, the National Progressive Unionist Party, the New Wafd Party, Kefaya (“Enough!”) and the Democratic Front Party. Eventually, much of Egypt’s non-military establishment got involved, including a committee of so-called Wise Men, made up of billionaires, former senior diplomats and others who decided that the time was right to speak out against President Hosni Mubarak.
In the following slides, The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss breaks down the key players behind Egypt’s revolution and the roles they’re likely to play in the country’s fast-changing political landscape.
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