The protests have, sadly, fizzled down to a shadow of their former self. Is apathy slowly creeping back in? I’ll hold judgment on that till this Friday’s protests.
Courtesy of our armed forces, March the 9th saw the forced clearing out of Tahrir square and the imposition of a 9 pm curfew. They also detained anyone with a camera. Sweethearts, aren’t they?
We’ve also been exposed to the ludicrous term “purity of nationality”. An articulation of an abhorrent lexicon, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Voting on the proposed constitutional amendments will take place on March the 19th. (if you would be so kind, vote on the poll on the top right corner and let us know how you feel about them) Still no word on whether expats will get the right to do the same.
We even have presidential candidates now (I know, right?!) namely, Mohamed El-Baradei and Amr Moussa among other, less known figures.
So, where does that leave us?
The most pressing issue at hand now is voting on the proposed constitutional amendments. Voting for them, frankly, is indirectly saying “I want to undo everything we’ve achieved so far. And while we’re at it, Mubarak, want another term in office? Indefinite, of course, just the way you like it”
Needless to say, it’s imperative that we abandon all traces of the old regime, constitution and Egyptian mindset. The same mindset responsible for our sisters in being shamelessly harassed in Tahrir sq. on the 8th. (read all about it here: http://juvenilevirus.blogspot.com/2011/03/femi-what.html )
Of course, we’d be extremely naive to even contemplate that 30 years of ignorance would vanish overnight. Still, a thorough disappointment nonetheless.
If you take away anything from this post, it should be that the revolution is NOT over. We’ll just have to be that much more vocal and organized about procuring our demands.