Revolt Like an Egyptian Part 2


For the Love of Egypt

The euphoria and sense of accomplishment that was unleashed upon the Egyptian people on that day in February when then-president Mubarak finally decided to call it a day has slowly transformed into frustration, anger and more bloodshed. The civic sh*t has hit the political fan yet again. Back in January the army was considered a friend of the people as it acknowledged the people’s demands for political reform and their right to peaceful protest. Now the army in the form of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forced or SCAF for short, that is the ‘intern’ ruling body after Mubarak resigned, has proved to be as stubborn as and an even more brutal oppressor then mastodon Mubarak.

The people are back on the Square. The implementation of political reform is as slow as thick sh*t through the narrowest funnel and it has started to dawn on the good people of Egypt that the army is not planning to truly hand over power to the people any time soon. Peaceful protest as an expression of the people’s frustration is met with tear gas, rubber bullets, harassment and intimidation. Mubarak has gone yet martial law implemented after the assassination of Anwar as-Sadat in 1981 (!) is still in place. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next week yet the country is in chaos and until last night when the head of SCAF announced that presidential elections are to take place by June next year, no date was mentioned for presidential elections let alone a date for the transfer to civil rule.

Since 1952 when a military coup turned a kingdom into a republic the country belonged to the army and almost 60 years later they find it very hard to let go. Just like Mubarak did SCAF underestimated the people it is suppose to serve. In January the people of Egypt moved beyond their fear. United they stood and reaped the fruit in the form of the president’s resignation and the prospect of an entirely different political landscape. SCAF thought to keep the people sweet with vague promises. That had worked for thirty years under Mubarak, but SCAF has forgotten that the political fatigue of the last decades is no more. In an attempt to restore order SCAF announced the date for presidential elections to be June next year and confirmed that next week’s parliamentary elections are to go ahead. But the people are not having any of it. The people of Egypt have passed a point of no return. Like water they’ve put enough pressure on the dam for it to burst and now the water is flowing without containment, without fear to where it wants and needs to be.

They are back on the Square and on the streets of every major city in the country. Because they know they’ll get what they want and deserve. A few more delusional old men won’t change that. You go tell them, ya MaSr. Irhal! Leave!


About Lemba

Non-conformist Writing Soul and Language Geek from the Lowlands with a South London accent, currently living a nomadic, location- independent lifestyle. While executing the Big Fat Writing Plan I’m invading cyberspace with my views on 'expat living', travel and other lifestyle choices, current affairs and other randomness. Welcome to the Dark Fairy Zone.

2 responses »

  1. Having experienced life in Egypt you seem able to understand the views, desires and needs of the Egyptian people, and your words express this passionately as if you were one of them. The Arabs are strong passionate and stubborn people and wont give up the fight easily! Remember Egyptian brothers and sisters “!الصبر فضيله”

  2. Hi RossiBoy

    Thanks for your comment
    I left the country six months before the revolution. Although I lived in Alexandria I used to follow a language course in a school at Midaan Tahreer the year before. When living in Alex we frequently escaped the city for the action in Cairo. Back then people where so fed up with the situation under Mubarak, but didn’t feel they could take action themselves It’s surreal to see images of the square on telly and in newspapers packed with people, as a stage for unrest and violence. My friends there even the a-political ones have gone from incredible excited to angry, disillusioned and fearful in just ten months. I agree that patience is a virtue, but not in all cases. The people of Egypt are being deceived by their army. I don’t think patience in this case is the right stance to take.

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