Principles of the Egyptian Revolution, How far are they achieved?
(July, 23). Egypt is celebrating its anniversary of the day it became a republic, celebrating the day when all Egyptians had drawn many dreams and hoped it would come true. Also celebrating the day in which many promises were told to the Egyptian people, by the Egyptian rulers throughout these years.
Do I have to express my happiness and thrill because of the anniversary of my beloved country? And because of the declaration of freedom and gaining the rights for all the Egyptian people. Or Do I have to say “Adieus amigos” to such beautiful republic?
Egypt is celebrating this day while hundreds of Egyptians can not find clean water to drink, while other hundreds of workers all over the country are protesting for having their legal rights of a safe working environment, suitable wages, and stability in the working conditions. Many families and children of reformers, who dearly love Egypt, from the Muslim Brotherhood or others, are spending their days without their beloved ones who are now behind the bars of tyranny and suppression.
Also Egyptians are celebrating this day with the daily increase of Human Rights’ violations and the oppression policy used all over the country by the Egyptian ruling regime, leading to many other social maladies in the society as ignorance, sexual harassment, spread of bribery and corruption.
On July, 23, 1952, many promises and rosy images of a prosperous luxurious free country were drawn. But on the real world, the last studies and researches have estimated that over 40 percent of Egyptians are now living below the poverty line!!
Ikhwanweb wanted to celebrate this day with other Egyptians, hoping for a brighter future for Egypt. And concerning this issue, Ikhwanweb had this statement from Mr. Rafeeq Habeeb, in which he said,
“Who observes incidents during the last decade would surely notice that the broad lines drawn by the Egyptian revolution of (July 23, 1952) have been all switched and changed, especially during the last quarter of this decade. This actually made the revolution’s results reach an end, totally different than its successful beginning.”
He clarified, “The revolution has erupted in order to achieve independence. But now we notice that the political decisions in Egypt are no more independent at all. We could rather say it’s under an indirect imperialism and colonialism.”
He added, “It also erupted to achieve progress and development. It had been building and digging its path between Socialism and Capitalism, the thing which caused the change and contradiction of many policies. And also this resulted in losing the accumulated achievements of each period alone, as each period totally ended the one before it.”
He exclaimed, “As if we are seriously still at the early periods of trying and failing all these years!”
He also said, “One of the main goals of this revolution was to strengthen the ties between Arabs, reinforce the Arab unity, and affect the Arab nationalism positively. However, we find ourselves now reaching an Egyptian role which strengthens and deepens divisions and disunity between Arabs.”
“We’ve reached a period where the Egyptian role has no effect at all after losing leadership.”
“Also one of the main goals of the revolution was achieving the social justice allover Egypt, and decreasing the differences between different social classes. Today, when you look at Egypt, you find out that we’ve reached a real high standard of social discrimination, and even the middle classes are diminishing day by day, and most of them fall into the lower poor classes, only a few of them succeed to attach to the upper classes.
“One of the main principles based on the revolution was achieving Democracy. Democracy was confirmed firmly and applied at the beginning. However, at the 21st century, it became a strictly- chained Democracy with a rope that just made it the other face, form of tyranny and injustice.”
He added, “So Democracy in Egypt in its true sense is only a form of tyrannical regime, just as the one existed before the revolution.”
He concluded, “For all these reasons, I really believe that the revolution has indeed ended. And it destroyed itself through eating her children, getting rid of its distinguished figures and leaders, and gave all what she had to a group of opportunists, who seem to be those who built the country and had a real role in the revolution, but in fact, they are only the group which has taken over the country and the revolution, and may be destroyed them both.”
Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar Shokr, a member in Kefaya, commented on the 55th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution saying, “Undoubtly, the revolution has had many good effects which raised the status of Egypt a lot. Egypt also had a distinguished influential regional role, it has helped many Arab countries under the ruling of the former President Gamal Abdul-Nasser. Egypt has helped other Arab countries to get rid of colonization, and guaranteed the end of foreign control and supremacy.”
He added, “But unfortunately, Egypt nowadays can not have the great regional role which it had in the past at all. The best role it can have now is to be the mediator between Palestine and Israel. And in the same time do not conflict with the American strategy.”
“Also the promises of social justice and harmony, and having an independent national economy have all totally vaporized. We can clearly see this in the wide gap between different social classes, and the daily increase of poverty in Egypt. It’s note worthy that the rate of poverty has increased to more than 50 percent, as well as the unemployment which is in continuous increase… all these are a result of such shortage and failure in economic plans.”
He said, “Also beside the absence of social development and the lack of independent development in side the country, we now notice a great trend, especially with the public sector foundations and banks, towards dealing with foreigners, a thing with may cause the foreign control on the Egyptian economy.”