Egypt

Silent Masses

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Rejoice, pure soul
’twas not in vain
for in remembrance of your death
we remain
defiant

Their tanks shall not hurt you
their guns shall not kill you

A week takes a thousand lives
these are the ways of our time
Grateful, though, I might be
the dead
eat away at me

Lived, I have
to see
a mockery made of me

Oh Pharoah,

Sell me not, the apparition of stability
Sell me not divisiveness
and hate
Sell me not your voice
of tyranny

Sell it, not to me
for my sisters
my brothers
have banished thee

I,
complacent
deluded
dead
no longer

Dude, where’s my revolution?

The last few days, more than anything else, were a confusing and disappointing affair. The fate of the Egypt seems as up in the air as it was when Mubarak stepped down. This post will examine the revolution thus far and hopefully determine the best course of action. Hopefully. (no promises)

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.

Love

 Sami