On Monday afternoon an InterContinental City Hotel, Cairo Semiramis was attacked by thugs. The hotel then tweeted for help and asked if anyone could send in help through contacts.
Five more tweets were posted with the fifth one saying that no help had arrived even after an hour of notifying the problem.
The hotel’s Twitter page constantly posted for help saying it was an emergency but nothing came up in the following hour as well. Some people who read the tweets were skeptical about the whole scenario whether or not it was a hoax but still retweeted to contribute while some replied saying the attack was real.
@412jasmine Was real. Hotel in Egypt under attack by thugs. See item I just retweeted— Jim Wilhelm (@BreakingNewzman) January 29, 2013
A post appeared on the hotel’s account that the thugs had entered the lobby.
After two and a half hours of asking for security aid, Special Forces arrived on the scene and the page notified its followers that help had finally come. On reading this tweet people expressed their wishes for good luck for the people trapped in the hotel.
@icsemiramis wish you all staff and guests safety— Mai Abu Moghli (@maimoghli) January 29, 2013
The InterContinental page also posted that they had contacted all relevant authorities and media for help.
To clarify we contacted all relevant authorise & later media to draw attention as the break in attempts increased & aid had not yet arrived.— InterContinental (@ICSEMIRAMIS) January 29, 2013
The problem in this situation one might point out is that a very famous luxury hotel in the capital city was aided after almost two hours which is quite an amount of time to respond to an emergency situation like that. Possible reasons could be the lack of security or maybe, given the present situation of the whole country, there was lack of will to act immediately.
Egypt, especially during the past few weeks, is in a constant state of chaos. The post Arab Spring situation is worsening day by day along with the state of security in the country.
The international media on the other hand is confusing the ‘demonstrators’ , ‘protestors’ and ‘revolutionaries’ with ‘thugs’. The Tahrir Square revolutionaries were not related to the thugs who broke into the hotel. They actually aided the Inter Continental hotel on receiving the call for help which was later acknowledged on the hotel’s Twitter account.
Thank you all revolutionaries that stood by us last night...You are awesome#jan2813— InterContinental (@ICSEMIRAMIS) January 29, 2013