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How To Revolt Smart


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Important Information and Tactics

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Egypt.

 

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The Demands of the People of Egypt

1. The fall of the Mubarak regime and its ministers

2. The nullification of Emergency Law

3. Freedom

4. Justice

5. The formation of a new non-military government, whose heart is with the Egyptian people

6. Sound management of all Egyptian resources

 

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TACTICAL GOALS OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

1. Seizure of key government buildings

2. Attempt to incorporate police and military officers into the ranks people

3. The protection of our revolutionary brothers and sisters

 

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STEPS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

 

1. Gathering with friends and neighbors in residential streets far from security forces.

2. Chanting in the name of Egypt and the freedom of its people (positive calls)

3. Encouraging residents to join (in a positive fashion)

4. Going out in large groups onto the main roads to gather the largest possible crowds

5. Marching towards key government buildings (with positive chants and calls) in order to take control of them

 

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WHERE TO GO SPECIFICALLY

1. Downtown: The Radio and Television building

We should surround the building from all directions, and then infiltrate it to gain control of live broadcasts. A delegate from among the people [should] announce that [they] now have control over Egyptian television and [that] it has been liberated from dictatorial rule (please have organized and pre-planned statements).

 

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WHERE TO GO SPECIFICALLY (CONTINUED)

2. New Cairo: The Presidential Palace

We should occupy this entire area, which means it will be best to march from the direction of al-Ahram, al-Kurba, Caliph al-Ma’mun, and Manshiyyat al-Bakary streets. Begin from the small residential streets [and continue] until you arrive on the main roads.

 

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WHERE TO GO SPECIFICALLY (CONTINUED)

3. Helwan: Police Checkpoint

The sons of the nation in Helwan will not be defeated.

 

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WHERE TO GO SPECIFICALLY (CONTINUED)

4. Ma’adi: Ma’adi Police Station–Port Said Square

Do not trap yourselves in the square, as this will facilitate the containment [of the protest]. It will be best to surround the area in which the square is located in the following way [see map at the bottom of the page]

 

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WHERE TO GO SPECIFICALLY (CONTINUED)

5. The rest of the districts: District Headquarters

If the District Headquarters can be successfully seized, this district cannot become an instrument of this corrupt government, but will rather belong to the free people of Egypt! Liberate your districts, oh valiant Egyptians!

6. A peaceful blockade against all the accomplice organizations of the corrupt government trying to stop the pulse of the people, such as:

Official Vodafone Shops

TE Data

(Without ruining or damaging these establishments! Peaceful!)

 

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NECESSARY CLOTHING AND DEVICES

(I will consider the diagram-person’s head “12 o’clock”, and will move clockwise in my translation)

Goggles–You can buy them from any paints shop.

Scarf (kufiyya)–to protect your mouth and lungs from tear gas

Flower–to give to those who confront us and so that we come together in a friendly and peaceful fashion

Spray Paint–so that, if confronted by authorities, we can spray the windshields of the tanks and vehicles to block their vision and halt their movements

Comfortable shoes–for running and quick movement.

Rubber Gloves–This helps to protect your hands from the heat of tear gas grenades.

A Pot Cover–You can use this as a shield against blows from riot police and rubber bullets.

Sweat-Shirt or Sweater (hooded)–This helps you to keep tear gas out of your face.

 

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OTHER DEVICES/IMPLEMENTS

 

1. Lots of First-Aid supplies

2. Different kinds of pain relievers

3. Drinking water

4. Vinegar. Putting it on the scarf may help to relieve the effects of tear gas.

5. Lemon juice. Using it while tear gas is being released may also help to relieve some effects.

6. Coca Cola. Advice from some of our fellow revolters in Tunisia is to wash your face with Coca Cola during release of tear gas; they say it removes the effects immediately

7. Some light snacks so that you can continue the sit-in.

8. Water with Soap. To use on the treads of tanks in the case that they try to approach the group.

9. Plastic bags. You can fill these with liquid soap and throw them on the tank-tread from a distance.

 

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HOW TO USE THE SUPPLIES

1. The shield and the Spray Paint

(Caption under image) Hold your ground, Egyptian! Block the blows with the shield while spraying the paint in his face.

 

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HOW TO USE THE SUPPLIES (CONTINUED)

2. Other uses for the spray paint:

On the windshields of tanks and the surveillance cameras on top of them.

3. You can also put a damp towel in the vehicle’s axels to stop it.

4. You can also throw plastic bags full of soapy water on the tanks’ treads to disturb their balance while they are moving.

 

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GROUP TACTICS

1. After Friday prayer, go out into the streets in orderly lines carrying flowers and roses.

(Under Image)

Without shouting and without slogans. Walk in orderly lines (as if during prayer), and we will continue until we reach our goals (the most important government buildings in your district).

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

2. All people must go out into the streets. Security officers can’t bear to shame their mothers, sisters, and children.

3. If security forces prevent us from completing the march, then let’s start some positive chanting, such as “Long Live Egypt” or “Let injustice and corruption fall!” and try to penetrate their blockade.

4. If they start to hit us, the front line must retreat back two rows (calmly). Then the back line must take out their shields and spray paint to penetrate the blockade. Organization is vital.

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

5. Penetration [of the Security Forces' blockade] can be accomplished by coordinating how we push [through] their lines. This might be by planning three preliminary pushes with the group, then a fourth and final, most powerful push to catch the Forces off guard.

6. When you start the chanting, it will never end. So it’s best to adhere to one or two chants at the most (simple chants) so that everyone can hear them clearly and repeat them easily.

7. The more the group approaches the Central Security Forces’ ranks, the less able they are to launch tear gas grenades (and thus our effect on them increases)

8. In the event that they do launch tear gas grenades, please stay put and keep calm, because panicking will cause you to inhale more of the tear gas.

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

9. If you hear the sounds of [tear gas] bombs, don’t run away. Stay in line and simply raise the shield above your head and you will be safe. And always remember that the effects are only temporary.

10. Best case scenario would be for someone from our lines to grab the tear gas grenade and throw it back in the direction of the Central Security Forces. (It is preferable to wear rubber gloves.)

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

11. The most important thing is to protect each other. Each must watch out for the person next to him in the lines.

12. Often, the Central Security Forces leave small cavities/openings which permit some small people to pass through. We can exploit this by getting behind them and taking their shields and weapons.

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

13. Saving your friends is more important than deflecting the Central Security Forces’ blows.

14. Do not break [things] or ruin them.

15. Call out to those throwing explosives to come and join the ranks of liberty.

16. Distribute different tasks among the different lines and ranks.

17. Know that tall buildings can be used as watchtowers to the benefit of the People’s Movement.

18. Do not let any of the police officers infiltrate the group of people. Even if they join the movement, it is necessary to keep them on the outer lines.

19. Do not be negative when it is not to your benefit.

 

 

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GROUP TACTICS (CONTINUED)

20. [Begin the] sit-in only after you have reached the main goal, and are far from the grips of the Security Forces. Only then can the citizens sit, and it would be preferable if they did not sit in a random or unorganized way.

 

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INDIRECT PARTICIPATION

You can also indirectly participate in the people’s movement in the following ways:

1. Remove password protections on Wi-Fi networks at home and at the office.

2. Fly the Egyptian flag in storefronts, offices, on the balconies of your homes, and on your cars to raise spirits.

3. Chant with the people against the rule of Mubarak from all balconies and windows!

 

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SOME POSTERS

 

(Caption)

The police and the People together against injustice! Long Live Egypt!

 

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(text in the image, which is Gamal Mubarak, the president’s son)

Coward Mubarak–Where’s my daddy now?

 

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(text below image, being held by bird’s talons)

Egypt Liberation Day

 

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(text below image, being held by bird’s talons)

Egypt Liberation Day

 

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3. Don’t betray your country’s people and do not put this information in the hands of any person who works for the military or the police.

 

May God bear witness,

Long Live Egypt.

 

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Acquired 26 January 2011

Translated by Alex Brock

Translation reviewed by Emily Drumsta

 

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