Part One of The Current
It's Thursday November 24th.
Anti-government protesters occupying Egypt's main square are appealing to the international community for help.
Currently, Canada's mayors say they have plenty of used tents, Guy Fawkes masks and leftover vegan chili they'd happily donate to the cause.
This is The Current.
Mohammed Abdelfattah on Egypt's Future
Mohamed Abdelfattah was supposed to be in Canada today, enjoying a dinner in his honour. But instead of being here to celebrate winning the International Press Freedom Award, he's in Egypt - covering another revolution. Mohamed Abdelfatah is a freelance journalist and activist whose work played a key role in the chain of events that pushed Hosni Mubarak from power and helped launch the Arab Spring in Egypt.
As you've heard on the news, many of the activists who demanded the resignation of President Mubarak have been back in Tahrir Square, demanding the army surrender power as well. The response has been a violent crackdown in the killing nearly 40 people over the last several days. Today the military is apologizing and a truce went into effect at midnight.
Mohamed Abdelfattah has been there since the beginning, covering it all. That's why he's being honoured tonight by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression-- and we'll miss him tonight. Because for the sake of disclosure, you should know that Anna Maria sits on the CJFE Board, and would have shared a stage with Mohamed Abdelfattah this evening. Instead, he was in Cairo today.
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