Asmaa Mahfouz is 26. In early January she posted two videos online urging Egyptians to take action against the repressive Mubarak regime. The videos went viral, and in response to her appeal, people gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo. These videos have been credited with sparking the demonstrations that led to the revolution.
Mohammed Abbas, also aged 26, is a leading member of the Revolution Youth Alliance. The Alliance represents five youth groups that led the protests. He spent 18 days in the square during the protests and helped organise the demonstrations.
In this video Asmaa and Mohammed tell their stories to
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shortly after Mubarak stepped down.
Young activists explain their role in the revolution. Dur 4,03
- Who was in power in Egypt at the start of 2011?
- Why do you think many Egyptians were unhappy?
- How did Asmaa inspire people to protest?
- What did she want them to do and why?
- What did she expect would happen when she posted the videos online? What did happen?
- What was the role of young people in the Egyptian revolution?
- What do you think are the big challenges facing Egypt post revolution?
- Have you been involved in protests? Do you think it's the right way to make your voice heard?
- Asmaa used the internet to motivate people to protest in Tahrir Square. Is it better to speak online or in person?
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