More than 75 people have been killed and 2,000 injured since protests demanding an end to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30 years in power began on Jan. 25 in Cairo, shortly after similar uprisings overthrew the president in neighbouring Tunisia. In part because information about the protests was being transmitted among Egyptians on Twitter, the government has blocked Internet usage and also imposed a temporary cellphone blackout. The Canadian government has since urged for democratic reform in Egypt. The first planes removing Canadians stranded in the country took off on Monday.
Demonstrations were held in front of the Egyptian Consulate in Montreal throughout the weekend to show solidarity with the protesters in Egypt. Protesters chanted and held signs like “DÃ©gage Moubarak” and “Enough is Enough.” Saturday afternoon’s demonstration saw over 200 people pack the area in front of 1000 de la GauchetiÃ¨re St. W.
Many Egyptian Montrealers have struggled to contact family members in the nation where communication has been seriously limited. However, neither the CSU nor the International Students Office had been contacted by Egyptian students in relation to the conflict. Neither the Concordia Egyptian Students Association nor the Egyptian Student Association in North America could be reached by press time.