Egypt’s protestors demand freedom as government responds

By January 27, 2011

Egypt (MNN) — Egypt is banning demonstrations and detaining
protesters, seeking to draw a line under unprecedented anger over President
Hosni Mubarak's rule.

Wednesday was a "Day of Wrath" in which thousands of
Egyptians took to the streets in anti-government protests. 

News reports indicated thousands of  demonstrators, inspired by the events of
Tunisia, demanded that Mubarak step down. David Harder with SAT-7 says, "Tunisia has really put the sparks to a fire that has already not just piled up, but
had been covered with fuel and all of a sudden a spark came to ignite. No one
knows what the result will be."

The tension has been building, and the church bombing in
Alexandria galvanized people into
action. "There has been a growing
sense of anger and resentment amongst the disenfranchised politically, amongst
the Christians, and other religious minority groups who are feeling oppressed,
neglected, mistreated."

Harder says their staff lives and works in the area where
one of the largest demonstrations took place this week. "Pray that our team would have peace, that
deep inner peace that only Christ can give no matter what occurs around them. And secondly, pray that they would be strong witnesses for the Lord Jesus."

As it was with the church bombing, the staff
provides a forum for people to talk about the issues. SAT-7 is a Christian
satellite television ministry to the Middle East and North Africa. Their programming includes live shows where
viewers can interact with the hosts in
real time through texting or call-ins. 

"They can talk about
those things, but also they can do it in a way that helps to disperse some of
the anger and help people think about these issues in a rational way," Harder
notes, adding, "That is the kind of
thing that we are doing in our live programs…allowing people to respond to
these events." The interaction provides
opportunity for the team to share the peace of Christ with those around them.

The response of SAT-7 is even more important given recent reports
that the government has temporarily shut down access to Twitter and Facebook, a
claim the officials deny. With the uncertainties continuing to brew,
Harder says it's important to keep praying. There are more details about the ministry of SAT-7 here.

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