Arabs largely silent on Iran election and unrest

Small protests in Egypt by democracy advocates after parliament and presidential elections in 2005 were quickly silenced by security forces and never caught on with the broader populace. The Egyptian reform movement – which combines secular activists with the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood – has largely been silent since.

“We are amazed at the organization and the speed with which the (Iranian) movement has been functioning. In Egypt, you can count the number of activists on your hand,” Ibrahim told the Associated Press.

One Egyptian blogger, who writes anonymously under the user name “Louza,” posted a picture of a demonstration in Tehran, adding, “Sigh, will the Arab world follow?”


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