, W3bbo wrote

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The country has effectively always been in a "state of emergency" ever since the late-1960s which is how a constitutional republic and a democracy can get away with trampling on the masses.

Irrelevant, the threat to the state has radically changed in recent days.

, W3bbo wrote

(And I'll say I'm impressed with the progress these popular uprisings have had, I was expecting a repeat of the unsuccesful actions in Iran last year, where the government holds on to the policy/army/paramilitary and so doesn't go anywhere).

Different kinds of 'uprisings' lead to different kinds of results against different kinds of governments. It’s very difficult to compare those in Egypt and Iran and their most recent 'uprising'.