6th Of April 2008

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The 6th of April Movement started off initially as an informal yet widely disseminated idea that on 6 April of 2008, there would be a public demonstration en masse when all working peoples, students and such would abstain from going to work that day, whether or not they were participating in the strikes. It has been argued that the strike was never formally part of the plan or the movement, but, as a whole, the stated and official reasons causing the strike was the long-standing trend of inflation which had reached new heights at around that time. However, belying this "official" reason is perhaps a thousand other unofficial reasons. As such, it remains that April 6th was a huge success, and while it may not have brought the entire nation to desist from work (which anyhow was not an expected outcome), it certainly, for the time being, caused a great deal of trouble, and the strike was met with police intervention. Furthermore, it was followed by plans for yet another work/general strike on May 4th; however, this was much less successful.

However, perhaps the most interesting point about the April 6th and the May 4th Strikes is that they were almost entirely reliant on internet dissemination, and in particular Facebook. What started off as one single event created by one person on Facebook in time grew to be an entire movement associated with its own following and as such it managed to obtain a large degree of informal support amongst the masses, and in this particular case, amongst students from the American University in Cairo; one student, Sara Ismail was even arrested as a result of having taken part in the public strikes in Tahrir Square, Downtown Cairo.

Moreover, on April 6th 2010, the movement was once again reprised with several protests in (mostly Downtown) Cairo along with quite a few other governorates such as Alexandria, Kafr El Sheikh and Mansoura. This resulted in several arrests and detainments. This further proves that the movement is still alive amongst the Egyptian peoples and is still considered a threat by the authorities.

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