Harlem Shake in Egypt
I am sure a lot of people have already seen various versions of the Harlem Shake. The video went viral and some people tried to imitate the same dance style in their countries. Egypt is not an exception. Various activists jumped on the bandwagon of fame in their attempt to create their version of “Harlem Shakes” made in Egypt.
Below you will find one of the Harlem Shakes performed in front of the pyramids in Giza. Local security guards tried to stop the performance, but they failed miserably.
After several videos were uploaded, some people got arrested for public display of nudity. CBN News reports the following:
CAIRO – Egyptian police said Saturday they have arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing in their underwear, as more people around the world emulate a viral dance craze called the “Harlem Shake.”
The four pharmaceutical students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighborhood when they removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, a police official said.
The response of the authorities is not only ridiculous, but is also very hypocritical. They should start arresting all the female tourists who come to see the pyramids in their tank tops and skimpy shorts. If this type of clothing is unacceptable in the city, then everyone should follow the same rules. And maybe they should also ban all the bikinis on the Red Sea resorts.
As a response some activists decided to organize another Harlem Shake in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters on February 28, 2013. Almost 1500 clicked “going” on their Facebook page [arabic]. It might be a success and it might be a disaster. The time will show.
Cairo never sleeps. You can order a pizza delivery at any time: at night or early in the morning. It is just like Moscow that does not sleep either. In Moscow you can have a haircut at 2 am if you want to. Protesters in Cairo don’t sleep either; protests are in a non-stop mode right now: whenever you switch on the TV you will see reports about it.
The shocking story of a veiled woman being undressed on the streets of the city by the local policemen still terrifies the nation. I cannot even imagine how this girl feels: everyone is attacking her trying to get an interview. I cannot imagine how it feels to be veiled and publicly humiliated. What happened to her is just beyond any understanding and is simply outrageous.
These scary images were spread virally across the world.
However, women of this country are not scared, they are not afraid to stand up for themselves by marching through Tahrir square. Thousands of them showed support for this girl who suffered this humiliation. It was clearly the biggest protest that women organized in Egypt, they openly declared their position and demanded the military to stop such abusive actions. Well it seems that military council simply ignored them; moreover it might be their new tactics to portray women-protesters as some sort of a disgrace.
Women with different background and economic standing were all united at this protest. Religion views, age and clothing styles did not matter at all.
You can see more images here and here.
Here is another video showing multiple cases of police brutality. A woman who made this video was trapped in her car on Tahrir square and was hiding in the car during the protest. Policemen are very well aware that a mobile camera could cause a lot of harm, therefore they were extremely aggressive with people trying to film the events, not to mention they destroyed all the professional cameras set on the surrounding buildings.
Those images became known due to the wide usage of the mobile cameras and social networking. It is impossible to imagine such a broad public discontent, let’s say, a hundred years ago – people simply would not know what happened.