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Was This the Video That Started the Egyptian Revolution?

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Asma Mahfouz is one of the founders of the April 6 Youth Movement, a group of Internet activists credited with a leading role in organizing theRevolutionary protests calling for Mubarak's departure. Her video blog helped spark the Egyptian Revolution. I can't image reading the words without being emotionally moved. 
Here's the transcript, transcribed by the Mumbai mirror

Four Egyptians have set themselves on fire, thinking maybe we can have a revolution like Tunisia... maybe we can have freedom, justice, honour and human dignity.

Today, one of these four has died, and I saw people commenting and saying: "May God forgive him, he committed a sin, and killed himself for nothing." 

People, have some shame. I posted that I, a girl, am going down to Tahrir Square and I will stand alone... and I'll hold up a banner, perhaps people will show some honour.

I wrote my number, so maybe people will come down with me. No one came except three guys! Three guys, and three armoured cars of riot police! 

And tens of hired thugs, and officers, came to terrorise us. They shoved us roughly away from the people. But as soon as we were alone  with them, they started to talk to us.

They said: "Enough, these guys who burned themselves were psychopaths!"

Of course, on all national media, whoever dies in protest is a psychopath. If they were psychopaths, why did they burn themselves at the Parliament building?

I'm making this video to give you one simple message: We want to go down to Tahrir Square on January 25th. If we still have honour and want to live in dignity on this land, we have to go down on January 25th.

We'll go down and demand our rights, our fundamental human rights. I won't even talk about any political rights... We want our human rights and nothing else.

This entire government is corrupt - a corrupt president and a corrupt security force.

These self-immolators were not afraid of death but were afraid of security forces! Can you imagine that? Are you also like that? Are you going to kill yourselves too? Or are you completely clueless?

I'm going down on January 25, and from now till then I'm going to distribute fliers in the street everyday.  I will not set myself on fire! If the security forces want to set me on fire, let them come and do it.

If you think yourself a man, come with me on January 25.

Whoever says women shouldn't go to protests because they get beaten... let him have some honour and manhood and come with me on January 25. 

Whoever says it is not worth it because there will be only a handful of people, I want to tell him you are the reason behind this.

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