On the Eve of April 8 I wrote, “a feeling settles in. The feeling that we are one day away from saying goodbye to our revolution.” And now, on April 11 I am sick to the stomach.
In the past few days we have watched Egyptian protestors get killed on Friday night, we have heard of multiple arrests, we have watched anarchy rule Tahrir, and we have listened to our crazy Ex-President threaten us. Are we in the process of saying goodbye to our revolution?
But yet it was today that I first cried over Egypt since the start of our revolution. Maybe I’m being emotional, female, or over-reactionary, but when I heard about the final verdict for Maikel Nabil, it might have been my breaking point. The verdict, although officially announced it would be passed on Tuesday the 12th of April, was passed after the lawyers and Maikel left the courtroom on Sunday evening of the 10th.
Although we all expected that Maikel would be sentenced with three years in prison, it was still sad to hear it happen and under such strange circumstances. What was it that saddened me? It was the thought that a blogger was arrested and tried unfairly for his opinion. It feels as though SCAF is only mocking our revolution and moving us farther away from what we wanted.
How is it that our military, the same institution that promised to help us transition to democracy, is the institution that arrests bloggers for speaking out about them in an insulting manner? Doesn’t Maikel’s arrest and imprisonment only mean that whatever he said was actually true? If it wasn’t true they could have just deleted the post and gave him a little slap on the wrist for making things up. Poor SCAF has only managed to validate his writing and prove it all true.
In response to our complaints of SCAF, people respond by saying that we are under martial law and on that basis the military can do whatever they want. And yet, when real crimes are committed, the military just lets it pass on by. Was it not just this last week that Salafis attacked a church in Minya and the military responded by saying they could not interfere in this case? http://t.co/4UrfdZo
Also I must ask the question that so far no one has really been able to answer…what is martial law? Does anybody really know? I mean we can look it up, we can imagine and guess, and we can even google it. (Results found one document on some random site that lists out the articles of Egyptian martial law). But have we ever been informed about the laws that we must follow? I feel as if this would be essential, especially before arresting someone for breaking one of them. What other ‘martial laws’ am I breaking? Did I walk on the wrong side of the street, did I glance at someone in the wrong way, did I hurt someone’s feelings? These are essential to know in order that I don’t in any way break a martial law.
Our media is still monitored closely and they above all others would never write or show something that in anyway would dirty the SCAF’s image. The incident on Friday the 8th was reported all over the world, but yet most Egyptians didn’t know that the military opened fire on protestors.
And then to top it all off, SCAF openly and freely lied and continues to lie to Egypt and the world. SCAF claims that 6 lawyers were present when Maikel’s verdict was passed. That’s a lie. They said it was passed today. Also a lie. In regards to Friday night, the 8th (when they opened fire on unarmed protestors) they said that there was no live fire that night in Tahrir (lie), there were no deaths (lie), the protestors opened fire first (lie) and that all people in Tahrir on Saturday were baltageya or the felool of the NDP (lie).
I find it amazing that they think they can get by with lying. It’s like the story of the little boy who sneaks behind his parents back and eats some chocolates and successfully manages to smear it all over his face. When his parents ask him what he had been doing, he looks at them and says “nothing.” However, when the kid realizes his parents actually know the truth and that he not only got caught eating the chocolate but was also caught lying, he sadly asks with an incredible whine “How did you know?” His parents answer with a little smile… “We are in the 21st century son, I watch you EVERYWHERE, on twitter, on facebook, on youtube, and all MY friends saw you do it.” I do look forward to the day when they ask us how we knew, however, can’t forsee it in the near future.
Many have asked this question. Why why why? Why would SCAF be doing this? Well, this is where it gets fun. We have no idea. They are so secretive that there is very little that we glean from this mess of events. My own (and very humble) analysis of everything is that when Mubarak ‘stepped’ down, he left peacefully and quite protected by SCAF. There was a deal, a deal that would allow Mubarak to ‘die in the land of Egypt’ (i.e. his villa in Sharm) and probably also to have enough time to hide his money, or something related to the trial. On April 10th when Mubarak honored us with a fun little voice recording, he vowed there was no money hidden abroad and that he would ‘authorize’ investigations. He ended his little speech with a veiled threat (or not so veiled) that he would sue anyone who defames him. Aside from his incredible and presumptuous attitude we must ask ourselves, “who was he addressing?” He can’t sue me..lets try. “Mubarak, I defame you!!” Yea, no, you see, he can’t get me there. Is it the media? Well…media has already smeared him to the ground. Tantawi, however, is a perfect target. Maybe he doesn’t mean sue, maybe Mubrak means he will drag Tantawi down with him. Was the deal broken? Did they have a falling out? It is more than likely that whatever bad behaviors Tantawi has been involved in over the last 30 years, Mubarak knows about. Blackmail. This is all speculation though.
On the other hand, SCAF is also trying to fill shoes that are way to big for them, and they have found themselves swimming in a sea of protests and demands. Instead of moving faster and taking some steps back, they have cracked down. This could mean they are just grasping for control, or this could also mean they had no intention of giving the government over to civil rule in the first place…. In fact, any of this could mean anything.
What does this leave us with other than confusion and feeling like little pawns in the hands of other players? Two realities. 1) Our unmet demands and 2) our power in numbers. And so we remind the chess players that we can revolt because we once did, we are still doing it and we will continue doing it.
In response to my first question, “Are we saying goodbye to our revolution?” Na, we are all too ticked off at SCAF to do that right yet. Wa el mohem, see you Friday… 🙂