Egyptian Ahmed Maher faced the brutality of the Mubarak régime first hand. After organizing a massive textile worker’s strike on April 6, 2008, which led to four deaths and the imprisonment of hundreds, he was beaten and threatened by security forces. But the beating he received only served to galvanize the movement.
Over the next three years Maher and other members of the Egyptian “April 6” movement slowly built a base and planned their next move. During this time they learned about nonviolent resistance from Nelson Mandela and the Serbian student nonviolent movement Otpor that toppled Slobodan Milošević. What they learned formed the foundation for the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Watch the full report above.