I am a remnant of the old revolution

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I am a remnant of the old revolution, the 25th of January, 2011 revolution. I still remember the chants, the smell of tear gas, the fear I felt when I saw the Central Security Forces (CSF) running after us. I still remember.

 On the 30th of June, 2013, thousands of Egyptians went to the streets angrily demanding that President Mohamed Mursi step down. Dr. Mursi did several mistakes, and he is not really a good politician. He gave long speeches that were incomprehensible (at least to me) but he was not evil, he was trying to be as honest and transparent as possible.

 I didn’t go out on the 30th of June because there was no plan and no leader. When we did this with President Hosni Mubarak we took a leap of faith, but then the army took over and made our lives hell for a year and half. Military trials for civilians, curfews, assassinations of activists, massacres of Ultras Ahly in a Port Said soccer stadium, the killers of the January 25th revolution were acquitted, female protesters were forced to undergo virginity tests, among many other atrocities.

Now we are doing the same thing. The army came out and gave the opposition 48 hours to come up with a solution and surprise surprise…they couldn’t. So Mursi’s power was given to the high constitutional court, Judge Adly Mansour.

 I don’t know him, but if Liberals thought that the elections were fraudulent, well guess what? Adly Mansour was supervising those elections. He was also a long-serving judge under former President Hosni Mubarak. And NOW he holds all POWERS, so let’s hope he is a trustworthy person because then we are screwed.

 The 30th of June protests included activists, the felool (remnants of the old regime) and the police. Yes, the police was involved, an entity that is supposed to be neutral and protect everyone. The police were holding pictures of the martyrs whom they killed in the 2011 revolution, demanding justice.  The thought alone leaves me speechless.


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What now?

 Sami Anan, former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, announced that they regained their revolution, and expressed his happiness with the success of 30th of June revolution.

This is essentially a revolution of the revolution

General Sisi, the Minister of Defense, didn’t give a timeline for when this transition period would end and he dissolved the constitution. Which means we must continue to pressure the army to plan for the elections as early as possible.

 We are not done. This new revolution is not over.

This is essentially a coup because we didn’t elect the person in power now and the power is not in civilian hands.  

Even though everyone is refusing to admit it. Or maybe it’s as Robert Fisk suggested: “When is a military coup not a military coup? When it happens in Egypt, apparently.”

We ousted Mursi just like we did with Mubarak, and again gave the power to the army.

If Mursi had everyone under his control, how come the police went out against him? How come all those people marched against him? Because the police, army, and other governmental agents were not under his control. He was completely alone. I do believe he tried his best. 

Mursi did not shut down all channels that were speaking against him like what the army did this week with all the religious channels. 

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The military, state security and police are arresting the Muslim Brotherhood leader (déjà vu anyone?), they are arresting them without any charge yet. The sad thing is that they now will imprison them with the consent of the people.

 The Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood made grave mistakes. They blindly followed their leaders, they refused to have a dialogue, and they assumed that refusing an Islamic state essentially meant that corruption would spread.

Those leaders gave their followers the feeling that their Muslim identity was under attack. I wish they would open their eyes and accept diversity, which includes everyone. I really wished they hadn’t excluded us like that.

During Mursi’s presidency the media was brutal, both the Islamist and the Liberal media. For a year it was as if the media was giving us shots of hate against each other and AGAIN we fell for it, just like during Mubarak ‘s time, and during the military rule in 2011. 

This new revolution brought hope to many but it also changed our lives.

As many celebrated, clashes happened causing the death of more than 20 people and injuring more than 200. More that 100 women were sexually assaulted and raped on Tahrir Square.

I can’t celebrate until this unknown transitional period ends. I hope Egyptians start tolerating each other and refuse to kill each under any circumstances. I wish we would learn to respect each other despite our differences. I wish we understand that the people in power don’t really care about us; they will do anything to protect themselves.

 To continue these devastating times the morning of july 8th 2013, the army raided the MB sit at the republic guard palace killing 53 people including 8 women, 5 children and 2 infants. My heart breaks for them.

People are still defending the army despite what happened and saying the MBs were armed. May I remind you of the Maspero protests where the army killed and ran over Christians with tank then they said the Christians were armed. They had a press conference concerning the MB massacre and they didn’t mention the 53 people who died. As if they were nothing.

 On July 9th , SCAF issues a constitutional declaration which is extremely dictatorial and clearly made to oppress people.

Is it too hard to get a leader who cares?

I wish for a true leader that wants what is best for this country. 

I want a leader who will fight for the fathers and mothers who have to go through hell everyday to put food on the table, who will fight for the women and men who decided to take a low paying job instead of working in prostitution and drugs, who will fight for all the children who had to run away from their abusive parents and forced to live on the streets because they have no where else to go, who will fight for the rights of minorities.

We are all brothers and sisters in this country and I shall fight for our rights, freedom, social justice, and bread…until my last breath.

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Whats Next?

So now we have an elected president “Mohamed Morsi” who doesn’t really strike me as a revolutionary I mean we all know that he was the spare of the Muslim brother that came to replace Al-Shater but all that doesnt matter now we must help get through this because whether we like him or not if he succeeds we all do if he fails we all will fail.

Many people are saying the revolution continues and we must face the SCAF others are saying we must bring them to justice. Now they are 2 institutions against each other SCAF and Muslim Brotherhood so any confrontation will end up violent and bloody.

What does SCAF want? a safe exit? share of the economy? what if we give them this and at the same time we pull the rug from underneath them step by step. Whether we like it or not they are there and its a fact, the only way we can get rid of them swiftly is through a civil war, we really would be VERY naive to think they will give up power and wake away. They WON’T….

lets focus on putting a constitution, getting back the parliament and do rehabilitation of the police. Lets do what Germany did..Germany was divided but they kept on united and they kept on elections then a generation after a wall came down and look at Germany its one of the leading countries in the EU.

I know that many will consider my post as treason but I think its the best peaceful option we have right now, it will take longer but its better on the long run than creating a war now with SCAF especially that they have the weapons.

lets all remember that we all have a duty towards to the country and that having a president doesnt mean we sit back and let do all the work because he cant and wont succeed without us.

As for all the fears towards the muslim brothers. The muslim brothers have more problems that veiling women or having them stay at home. If they tried will stand aganist them because a) we wont let them control our freedom and b) we wont let them destroy our economy by imprisoning 50% of the workers in Egypt.

The revolution continues on the streets and in the offices and in our Hearts but we must wisely continue it without being the puppet of anyone. The only way to do that so to do what is not expected collaborate not collide. Focusing on the development of the country doesnt mean forgetting the punishment of the those who did us wrong but just postpone until we are in full power or at least when we have enough power to bring them to justice without causing a war between us and SCAF

Maspero

In upper Egypt  a church was demolished because they said the church didn’t have a licence, which was really unacceptable because a house of God should not be demolished because of some missing papers.  This turned out to be a lie afterwards as some salafi extremists were behind it. Salafis wanted to reduce the visibility of the church so they went to governor, the governor set up a meeting with the church (which i found really outrageous that the governor even considered the salafis request and asked the church not to put crosses from outside or speakers during mass), the church refused (understandably of course) as a result the church was demolished.

On October, 9th 2011 Hundreds and of people went out protesting on the streets of Cairo starting from Shubra which is an area inhabited by Muslims and Christians headed to Maspero (State TV station) to show their anger as the TV really messed up the image and made it look like it was the Christians fault. They planned a sit in until their demands are met (re-building of the church and saying the real reasons of why the church was demolished).

Maspero building was and still is surrounded by army trucks, soldiers and barb wire. The march arrives; shooting begins and army trucks starts to drive into the people killing 28 and injuring 212. Others say that army used violence before the march arrived by sending thugs to throw rocks from over the bridge and shooting the air.

The State TV announced that there was 3 soldiers injured and started calling on the honorable Egyptians to come protect them and the army against those vicious Copts…in my head i am thinking what kind of army needs my protection….and since when do peaceful protesters carry gun and how did these copts pass the barb wire and army truck then injuring only 3 soldier what the fuck????

Such a load of bullshit,

My heart ached for those who died and their families and I feel pity towards who really believed that the soldiers were the victims. Those are incapable of thinking and just believes anything is said on TV. The same TV channel that supported Mubarak and called us a minority during the 18 days (from Jan28 to Feb11).

I remember watching different videos and arguing with people who really thought the Copts incited violence. SCAF was trying to create a civil war between Muslims and Christians but they weren’t successful.

How can people forget and let go so easily. The army killed our brothers and sisters on Maspero but we still salute the army.

I wonder when we will start using our heads and stop trusting SCAF

Clashes Continues

The army stood by and watched us die and get injured during the battles for Tahrir that started on the 2nd of Feb claiming that they had no orders from Tantawi to interfere. Every single sit in after that was dispersed violently by the army causing more deaths and injuries. YET the people trusted SCAF. Many still trusted our media. How pitiful that is to choose the illusion of stability over freedom and true justice.

In March2011, SCAF decided to do a referendum amendments on some a articles on the constitutions, a summary of  the proposed amendments include the following:

  • Article 75: A candidate would be ineligible if he or she had dual nationality, parents who were citizens of countries other than Egypt or married to a non-Egyptian.
  • Article 76: Easing the requirements for being a presidential candidate.
  • Article 77: Limiting the terms a president can serve to two consecutive terms, each four years only.
  • Article 88: The juridical system is responsible for monitoring the election process.
  • Article 93: would give the highest appeal court the power to rule on challenges to disputed parliamentary races, whereas before only the parliament could decide.
  • Article 139: The president must appoint a vice-president within 60 days of the start of the term
  • Article 148: would impose new restrictions on the president declaring a state of emergency, including requiring the approval of a parliamentary majority, and says it cannot exceed six months unless it is extended through a referendum.
  • (Article 179): would be canceled. The article allows the president to use military courts for “terror” cases even for civilians.
  • (Article 189): Require the newly elected parliament to write a new constitution within 60 days.
I saw those amendments as ridiculous and we should vote NO and create a new constitution first then have presidential elections, but the media in collaboration with SCAF started scaring the people saying that there is a chance if we rewrite the constitution Islam will not be a reference for our laws and Egypt will sieze to be an islamic state and that things will be unstable until we get a president, which was ofcourse a lie because the majority are muslim and Islam is not something to be enforced. In other words SCAF conveyed that they want to leave power so by voting yes would mean they would reliquish power to the new president within 6 month (from March 2011). The majority voted YES and drove us into a wall basically.
SCAF didn’t leave within 6 month, civilians are put on military trials and the country is still unstable.
As matter of fact according to our the constitution the head of  The Supreme Constitutional Court should have been president for 6 month till we elect a president within those 6 month, SCAF does NOT exist in our constitution but after 30 years of oppression and political ignorance only a minority knew this and the rest were just driven by SCAF and the media.

موقعة الجمل فبراير 2011 Camel Battle #Tahrir #25Jan

The army stood by and let us get injured and die during the 18 days why are we trusting them?

Camel Battle vs the Elections

On the 2nd of Feb, i was home watching Tahrir on Al-Jazeera and i i saw people on camels raiding Tahrir, i couldn’t believe my eyes i wanted it to be a lie. I called a friend of mine who were there and he said things are really bad and advised me not to go. Again i was scared and i took his advise and didn’t, but i was so depressed at my coward self and decided that the next day I will go. on the 3rd of Feb i drove to Tahrir and i brought food and medical supplies with me.

As i entered Tahrir Square I saw people injured, people on the ground in pain but once i look into their eyes I can only see HOPE. They were people who decided that tomorrow will be better…..They decided that they will never go back to the humiliation and oppression that was before….They were fearless… I wanted to hug and kiss everyone of them and just express how grateful i am that they exist.

The clashes went on for 12 hours while our government led by Ahmed Shafiq claimed that they knew nothing about it. Ahmed Shafiq said he will protect the protesters and send them thugs on camels the next day. Clashes continued for days 12 hours a day after that but the people in Tahrir didnt give up. we didnt give up.

The Muslim Brothers were there as well and they really helped a lot in defending the square, they were side by side to the liberals, seculars and christians. We were all one. We were all simply Egyptians. Until the 11th of Feb when Mubarak and his government led by Ahmed Shafiq stepped down and we were once again divided.

Now its election time and we are faced with almost the same thing. Can we again join forces with the Muslim brothers to face Ahmed Shafiq ?

to be continued….

The beginning: Angry and Naive

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