A young Egyptian who was a key figure in organizing Arab Spring protests in Egypt with social-networking websites such Facebook and Twitter is advising the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City’s lower Manhattan, according to Wired.com
Ahmed Maher has been communicating for weeks with his U.S. counterparts, whom he refers to as “our brothers.” He has been lending advice based on the successful Egyptian revolution through Facebook.
On Tuesday, he visited protesters at Occupy DC, an offshoot of the New York protests in the nation’s capital.
“We talk on the Internet about what happened in Egypt, about our structure, about our organization, how to organize a flash mob, how to organize a sit-in, how to be non-violent with police,” Maher told Wired. “We kept peaceful, because we wanted to attract people to us. If we used nonviolence, without killing any soldiers, then the people would help us.”
Occupy Wall Street’s website celebrates what it sees as a connection between the Egyptian and U.S. movements in an article titled “From Tahrir Square to Times Square,” a reference to the epicenter of the Cairo protests. The site says the movement was “inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy and the U.K.”
Maher will be in Washington throughout the week, and then will head to New York to meet with Occupy Wall Street protesters. An unnamed American University professor sponsored his visit to the United States, according to Wired.
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