Forget That It’s Laila…

Laila Soueif has gone on a total hunger strike.

Forget that it’s Laila.

A mother, whose children are unjustly imprisoned, has gone on a total hunger strike. Never mind how you feel about her son, Alaa. Maybe you like him, maybe you hate him. It doesn’t matter. What matters is only this; do you believe he is guilty? Do you believe that by imprisoning him you have enhanced security and stopped terrorism in Sinai? That you no longer have to worry about getting car-jacked as you drive?

His sister, Sanaa Seif, is also imprisoned, just because she stood in a protest criticizing the unjust imprisonment of her brother. Do you believe she is a criminal who should be in jail? Or do you simply believe that she’s collateral damage? A necessary sacrifice to the giant you called upon, and for whom you get angry when people refer to it as ‘military rule’?

You told us that Sisi had taken off the military uniform, was now a civilian. We said that’s ridiculous. You got pissed off at us, and you supported him. Now, Sisi, Ex-Minister of Defense and Ex-Chief of Military Intelligence, has decided that all ‘vital’ institutions are to be considered ‘military’, and that the military will secure the universities, and that any students who engage with ‘university’ security now will be subject to military trials.

Television has even decided that it must be’patriotic’, silence ANY criticism (because they consider it demoralizing..), and to promote the ‘benefits’ of military trials – against whom almost all presidential candidates spoke back in 2011.

How long will you believe that all this is okay? Must your son be the one under arrest? Does it have to be your daughter? Does it have to be your own children who are unjustly arrested and sentenced and thrown into the cells before you understand that by selling your conscience (even if for ‘good intentions’) you yourself have sentenced your children to life under the oppression that you refer to as ‘patriotism’ or ‘stability’?

Reconsider your position, please – before it’s too late.

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  1. Fascinating that Tunisia largely succeeded where other Arab uprisings failed. Perhaps because they rose up first. Egypt was not ripe, but it was pushed to it by Tunisian example. Civil society was not nearly as ready as it was in Tunisia, thus we are seeing this long winter in Egypt and rest of the arab world.

    I wonder will this hunger strike help anything, these and many other methods, are public stunt protests. But if news are heavily biased does these help? Foreign news for sure aren’t going to make a difference in Egypt.

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