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Egypt - 4 years after

29/01/2015

Looking at Egypt today after 4 years of the revolution; we have to admit that it's totally different than all the scenarios we had 4 years ago. At a certain point of time the Egyptian nation acted as one -where the power lies- however their different purposes and motives. But so soon after that they kept dividing and dividing to the point that at a family of four people; each one of them is totally having a different prospective of how things are going and how it's supposed to be. Today, after 4 years of the 25th of January revolution and after almost a year and a half of the 30th of June revolution; 4 main groups can be obviously noticed in Egypt. Some of them could meet at a point but also furiously disagree at many points. 

The 1st group is the president supporters which is mainly a mix between Mubarak's former regime supporters and the middle and upper age society who sees president Abdelfatah Alsisi as the rescuer and the hero who helped the nation to take down the uncivilized, barbarian regime of the Muslim brotherhood. In addition to stability seekers who however were the pro revolution in the beginning, they now wish things go back as it was at the time of Mubarak’s regime where life was more stable and secured -mostly parents and upper aged people. This group plays the role of the defenders for any action done by the government, any delinquency, and any violence under the name of fighting terrorism. They believe that everything is going to be better, violence is needed sometimes and refusing any revolutionary thoughts, actions or even symbols like bread, liberty and social justice.

The 2nd group is the Muslim brotherhood and their supporters who are playing the victims part, claiming they have the legitimacy and that the 30th of June events are not a revolution but they are a military coup. However the Muslim brotherhood themselves may not be of a large number but they have a quite number of supporters who think they are supporting Islam that way and that the Muslim brotherhood are religious people who should be leading the country. However the leaders of this group are mostly in prison; revenge actions are being processed since their regime was down, having a great support and financial aid by the international organisation of the Muslim brotherhood, large countries that support their regime and terrorist groups that provide them with weapons, bombs making, terrorist operations on the borders targeting military and army soldiers. Recently bombing actions are taking place in vital areas of the country, but with no damage, as a way of pushing and terrifying people and the government. They believe in the  illusion that the last president Mohamed Morsy will be back and they are fighting for Islam and ridiculously asking for the help of international forces and terrorist groups like ISIS in order to regain their power; uncaring of any loss or any terrorism that might happen. They accuse anyone against them by being an atheist and anti-Islam. And of course, they are using the media to show that they are the victims, highlighting any failure of the present government and president. However, most of these failures were caused at the Muslim brotherhood ruling time.

The 3rd group is the revolution youth who mainly started everything, who believed in the revolution as if it's going to change their lives and their parents lives. They were heard for the first time in their lives and thought that their voices shall never be oppressed anymore. The youth who had their first shock when the Muslim brotherhood used the revolution they made for their own benefits, the youth who watched their revolution being robbed from them by the Islamic parties and when they wanted to regain it back by another revolution it was robbed again by the military party. Today they are lost between the previous groups, trying to keep their faith in the revolution, trying to keep their own voices loud. Those are either arrested for saying their own opinion, or they are banned even from their protesting right however it was their only way to obtain the rest of their rights. They are banned by the society which seeks stability and has no more power to fight or even support the people who fight for them. They are banned by the Muslim brotherhood which only uses them for their own benefit. However all that, they still fight, protest, and criticize what they don't like uncaring if they would be prisoned or even killed to achieve their demands of bread, liberty and social justice, their right of having a civil president not a military one, their right of expressing themselves without being accused as atheists or Muslim brotherhood supporters. The 4th group is the “I don't care” group. A large sector who stopped caring or believing in anybody or anything, they don't care what's happening, life is going on, they hate all the previous groups and hold no sympathy or support to any of them, they either look for an immigration opportunity, a job offer in a foreign country or they just keep going with lives, avoiding media and news, avoiding political discussions and anything related to the past 4 years.

The president supporters group and the Muslim brotherhood group are both using visual and social media in their own ways, for their own benefits. Both are exaggerating any event for the sake of attracting more supporters and gain people's sympathy regardless of the real truth.  On the 4th anniversary of the great revolution; Shaymaa Alsabagh -one of the revolution youth has been shoot while holding flowers in a peaceful march for reviving the memory of the revolution martyrs. The 1st group claimed it as a terrorist action by the Muslim brotherhood, the 2nd group claimed it as an oppressing action by the police supported by the army giving a strong message on such a day. The 3rd group is mourning their friend and their revolution, and the fourth group just doesn't care.

Written by Sarah Farid Abo-Agag, volunteer of Development No Borders, Egypt


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