Google executive Wael Ghonim, who emerged as a leading voice in Egypt's uprising, was barred from the stage in Tahrir Square on Friday by security guards, an AFP photographer said. Ghonim tried to take the stage in Tahrir, the epicentre of anti-regime protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but men who appeared to be guarding influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi barred him from doing so.
Ghonim, who was angered by the episode, then left the square with his face hidden by an Egyptian flag. [How predictable! The Islamists have already begun clamping down on the socialists in Egypt. So will it still be a ‘revolution’ when leftists start to be put up against the wall? This has happened many times in Arab countries, as well as in non-Arabic countries, such as Pakistan and Iran.
And how ironic! ‘Red’ Ken Livinstone’s favourite Islamist, and personal friend, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, is part of that crackdown. In fact, this ‘cleric’ is very likely to be part of this denial of freedom to the leftist Wael Ghonim. He will almost definitely be doing more of this stuff in the future. So is Red Kenneth aligned to - and supportive of - the Islamists (the Muslim Brother, etc.) or to Egypt’s socialists? He will probably align himself to whoever is victorious. Red Kenneth never had much of a conscience.]
Qaradawi gave a Friday sermon in the square, where hundreds of thousands of people gathered a week after Mubarak's fall, in which he called for Arab leaders to listen to their people. [That is, to listen to the Muslim Brotherhood, Qaradawi, and other Islamists. After all, I suppose they are as part of the ‘people’ as anyone else. That is, theocrats and fanatics are part of the people as well.]
Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, administered a Facebook page that helped spark the uprising that toppled Mubarak's regime. [This has happened many times in the history of revolutions. Those who start the revolution are often not still around – or alive – when the revolution is 'completed'.]
The 30-year-old also appeared in an emotional television interview shortly after he was released from police custody after 12 days in custody which is credited with re-energising the movement just as it seemed to be losing steam.
In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired on Sunday, Ghonim said the protests which led to Mubarak's ouster would not have happened without online social networks.
"If there was no social networks it would have never been sparked," he said.
"Because the whole thing before the revolution was the most critical thing. Without Facebook, without Twitter, without Google, without YouTube, this would have never happened." [Yes, the EDL does not really need the Daily Star. All its needs is FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube and the rest of the Internet. National newspapers have really had their days of absolute ideological power.]