Enjoying the Moment: Celebrations of the Success of the Egyptian Revolution

Published February 14th, 2011 - 11:26 GMT

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Arabs celebrated the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday 11 February and praised the resolve and pluckiness of the protesters, the Egyptians masses, and expressed the hope that their own demands for change now reverberate throughout the Middle East.

They set off fireworks and gunshots in the skies of the Lebanese capital Beirut and the Gaza Strip and the city of Sana'aa, Yemen.  While over in the rich Gulf Arab states celebrations were more hushed for this second dictator departure in the space of a month. 
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Egyptians celebrate the ousting of Mubarak in Cairo on the night of Friday, February 11, 2011
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Jordanians side by side of Egyptians working in Jordan raise the Egyptian flag to salute the exit from power of a former unpopular leader.
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In Lebanon, sweets are distributed outside the embassy in Beirut to celebrate the sweet victory marked by the resignation of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, President of the Republic of Egypt, Friday, February 11, 2011.
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Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the victorious ousting of President Mubarak from power after a presidency that spanned three decades.
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Egyptian boy bears the note of endearment: 'love Egypt, love Qatar'  during celebrations by his community of Mubarak's downfall.
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Egyptians in the Sudanni capital, Khartoum, hail the fall of Mubarak who succumbed to a series of popular protests that lasted for 18 days.
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Yemenis Yell outside the Egyptian Embassy in Sana'a in commemoration of a crashing fall following a 30-year regime.
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Tunisians, doubly jubilant after their own barely month-old victory pioneering- leaving- leader-  celebrating the latest candidate for resignation from power from the Egyptian embassy in Tunis.
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Egyptians in Washington DC, US, apply the once resonant 'Can-do' campaign to celebrate people power outside the Egyptian embassy from their US seat of government vantage.
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Egyptians celebrate the ousting of Mubarak in Cairo on the night of Friday, February 11, 2011

Image 1 of 9Egyptians celebrate the ousting of Mubarak in Cairo on the night of Friday, February 11, 2011

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Jordanians side by side of Egyptians working in Jordan raise the Egyptian flag to salute the exit from power of a former unpopular leader.

Image 2 of 9Jordanians side by side of Egyptians working in Jordan raise the Egyptian flag to salute the exit from power of a former unpopular leader.

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In Lebanon, sweets are distributed outside the embassy in Beirut to celebrate the sweet victory marked by the resignation of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, President of the Republic of Egypt, Friday, February 11, 2011.

Image 3 of 9In Lebanon, sweets are distributed outside the embassy in Beirut to celebrate the sweet victory marked by the resignation of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, President of the Republic of Egypt, Friday, February 11, 2011.

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Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the victorious ousting of President Mubarak from power after a presidency that spanned three decades.

Image 4 of 9Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the victorious ousting of President Mubarak from power after a presidency that spanned three decades.

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Egyptian boy bears the note of endearment: 'love Egypt, love Qatar'  during celebrations by his community of Mubarak's downfall.

Image 5 of 9Egyptian boy bears the note of endearment: "love Egypt, love Qatar" during celebrations by his community of Mubarak's downfall.

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Egyptians in the Sudanni capital, Khartoum, hail the fall of Mubarak who succumbed to a series of popular protests that lasted for 18 days.

Image 6 of 9Egyptians in the Sudanni capital, Khartoum, hail the fall of Mubarak who succumbed to a series of popular protests that lasted for 18 days.

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Yemenis Yell outside the Egyptian Embassy in Sana'a in commemoration of a crashing fall following a 30-year regime.

Image 7 of 9Yemenis Yell outside the Egyptian Embassy in Sana'a in commemoration of a crashing fall following a 30-year regime.

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Tunisians, doubly jubilant after their own barely month-old victory pioneering- leaving- leader-  celebrating the latest candidate for resignation from power from the Egyptian embassy in Tunis.

Image 8 of 9Tunisians, doubly jubilant after their own barely month-old victory pioneering- leaving- leader- celebrating the latest candidate for resignation from power from the Egyptian embassy in Tunis.

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Egyptians in Washington DC, US, apply the once resonant 'Can-do' campaign to celebrate people power outside the Egyptian embassy from their US seat of government vantage.

Image 9 of 9Egyptians in Washington DC, US, apply the once resonant "Can-do" campaign to celebrate people power outside the Egyptian embassy from their US seat of government vantage.

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And the rule of Mubarak, whose 30 year reign came to a final end Friday, February 11, 2011 after 18 days of protests across Egypt. Mubarak's followed swiftly on the heels of the fall of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali - who ruled his country for a substantial amount of time.

While protests have sparked serious paranoia in leaders from the Pacific to the Gulf they have raised serious admiration from many of the Arab citizens who found it hard to imagine that they would ever have their destiny in their own hands as it looked this Friday.

 

 

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