I chose and watched ‘ Freedom Rising (Inside the Egyptian revolution)’ Ted talk video for my third blog assignment. I watched this Ted talk more than three times.. because to be honest, I haven’t heard anything about Egyptian revolution before, so I couldn’t understand at once . I had to search on the Internet to understand this incident clearly, and I actually found and watched the Egyptian protest video which happened in 2011. I was shocked when I saw some cars crush people while controlling the protesters. It seems obvious that the police officers used excessive force to break up demonstrations. After I watched my Ted Talk and this video , I recalled the Candlelight vigil that occured in our country 2 years ago to demand the resignation of Park-Geun Hye. As I said, I don’t know much about Egyptian politics and I know there were many stark differences at the time between the Egypt’s and our country’s political situation.
Egyptians resisted against the dictorial government that had lasted for 30 years but we protested against democratically elected president. But as I learned more about this revolution, I thought the deployment process of events and the way Egyptians haddled their situation, had something in common with us. Every Friday, millions of people from different kinds of backgrounds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, just like we gathered in Gwanghwamun Plaza every Saturday. They united and shared information each other through Internet just like we did. More than 80,0000 citizens signed the online petition to make lawmakers vote for Park’s impeachment in the National assembly. In both two countries, the manipulation of public opinion through political power could be overcome by new digital democracy like SNS.
If I have to pick one most impressive part of this speech, I would choose the speaker’s last words . He said ‘the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power’. Looking back in history, the people don’t always win and not all democratic movements are successful. But if the people keep fighting, I believe that the people win in the end and that the rigime breakdown. Every regime is transient but the people are eternal.
This painting is a work by French post-impressionist painter, Georges Seurat. We learned from high school art class that his pointillist painting reminds us of a world formed by countless small dots. As countless small dots come together to create a large painting, so many citizens who seem to be separate and independant came together in their square to form a wave of democracy. I heard that the painting created by placing miniscule dot after dot, a pointilist painting usually take much more time to complete than by painting with lines. We are impressed with the beauty of the scene because we know how hard it is to make so many people gather in one place. There were no instances of division in both squares , but rather a united, rational civic society. “Awakening citizens’ organized power is the last bastion of democracy” our former president Roh Moo Hyun said before. I realized this 2 years ago and I think Egyptian revolution also showed this to the world.