The army, as expected, are being motherfuckers.
Some of us have been telling people that the army leadership is no good since March, but it took a while for the rest of the people to catch up to that, since they initially trusted the army. As their awareness increased, things escalated, and in November, the army attacked a small group of injured protesters who were sitting-in in Tahrir, their attack prompted everyone to go support them, leading to a 5 day long battle between us and the security forces.
We lost tens of people, and about a couple of thousand got injured, around a hundred or so were shot in the eye.
The police officers were clearly targeting eyes. One of our guys (Dr. Ahmed Harara) who had lost an eye on Jan28 lost another on Nov19. One eye lost to Mubarak, and another to the army generals.
We’re also fairly certain that they’ve used gasses over than standard-issue tear gas.
The battle stopped around the 23rd of November, and Parliamentary elections started, and the ongoing battle with the military was effectively put on pause while everybody went to vote. Me and many of the people I’m close to boycotted the elections, but most people went along with them, even many of us from Tahrir.
There’s still unrest, and there’ll continue to be as long as the military still thinks we’re going to bend over.
Election violations have been witnessed and taped and reported, etc – but the main concern of those who, like myself, have chosen to boycott the elections is that we refuse to participate in elections being held by and supervised by an oppressive, murderous, military occupation.
People ask when the army turned on us – whether they simply got drunk on power. It’s just not so – they were never on our side, and I wrote an article warning about that on Feb 21st, titled ‘The Two Histories of Egypt.’
They’ve been drunk on power since Nasser, back in 1952.
They used Mubarak as a scapegoat to make it seem that way. He was their token sacrifice – which was to their benefit, since they didn’t want Gamal Mubarak to be the new President, cause he’s not one of their own (a military man).
However, since the Egyptian people naturally trust the ‘army’ and failed to see the distinction between the army (en masse) and the SCAF – and because they wanted to avoid further bloodshed, they ‘believed’ the army.
We, still in Tahrir, saw how the army actually behaved during the last ten months – we saw how they felt about the revolution and the revolutionaries, we saw how they trampled the dignity of common Egyptians in an attempt to break them, in an attempt to abort the revolution – but the people watching TV didn’t ever get the full picture because SCAF owns State TV and threatens and pressures other channels, whereas we just have the internet and each other, and bluetooth shared videos, etc.
So it took us this long to make the public at large see what was going on.
Now – it’s become clear to SCAF that nobody will tolerate them being the de-facto rulers, so they’re trying to arrange things so that they rule from behind the curtain. So that we’d have a parliament, a president, etc – but they’d be subservient to the army, or at the very least – unable to fuck with the army, in terms of business interests, economy, power over certain decisions, budget, etc.
They consider themselves another entity entirely, as evidenced last week by their offer to LOAN the Egyptian Central Bank – 1 billion dollars. Like it’s THEIR money, not Egypt’s.
But now, ah – Elections!
It’s clear to me that (once again) we have to wait for the population to catch up before a 3rd wave against military rule takes to the streets. So this time, rather than stay in Tahrir amidst dwindling numbers and agonize over the lack of support – I’ve decided (now that I’ve seen the pattern) to wait it out at home. Relax, catch up on some reading. Make videos spreading awareness when I can, etc.
The political parties (as I’ve been saying since Feb 26th) are motherfuckers, and the so-called Islamists are also motherfuckers, and they should all remember that rather than be ‘Islamists’ – they’re supposed to be ‘Muslims’.
While we were getting killed Nov19-Nov23 – they were nowhere to be seen.
It was just the independents, the non-politicized – who were in Tahrir.
To be honest, after all the CRAP – it’s tempting to say that we liked it better that way.
But then – the Islamists, who didn’t help us in Tahrir this time, were preparing for the elections, so we die, and they win. Just as the military wanted. Because then the military gets to play hero again – to the west and to the pseudo-liberals – by offering to intercede to reduce the power of the Islamists – a plan me and my friends foresaw months ago.
So it goes.
It’s not as bad as it sounds. People here aren’t taking any shit any more. Egypt has yet to fully change, but many of the people have. Nobody’s shutting up, nobody’s willing to take crap. Not from the cops, not from the army, and now – not from the motherfucking ‘parties’ or people who try to portray themselves as ‘leaders’ – they’ve all been systematically exposed. You can’t be a ‘leader’ when you’re always 10 steps behind your supposed followers. You can’t be a leader when you only show up at a battlefield after children, far braver than you – have lost their lives.
Nobody’s shutting up, nobody’s quitting.
When people on TV started criticizing SCAF (must’ve been April or May – again, they were a few months behind us) – SCAF tried to make it illegal to criticize them on tv. It failed miserably. EVERYBODY criticized them, you can’t turn on a tv or radio these days and not hear attacks on SCAF.
The army thinks it can scare people off, it hasn’t happened.
When they attacked the injured on Nov19 – there were initially about 100 people in Tahrir, within hours, we all went down to Tahrir, and by midnight, there were at least 40,000 of us. By the 3rd day – there were hundreds of thousands in Tahrir.
Everybody was doing what they could.
We had the youth fighting at the front lines, everybody who had a motorbike was working ambulance duty, we had (in the middle of the crowd) man-made pathways kept clear for the bikes and the ambulances. People who were too scared to join us bought hundreds of gas masks and helmets and eye-protecting goggles and donated them.
Nobody’s shutting up. During the battle a friend of mine compared the youth going into the battle to the salt-walk in India. People just walking in, knowing they might not come out alive.
Many heartbreaking moments – things you could never even dare write into a movie cause nobody would believe it happened, nobody would believe that people could do things like that, talk like that.
For instance, during the 2nd day – at some point – one of the girls who had gone close to the front lines (and MANY do, you’d be surprised) – is approached by an older man – and he tells her “You look educated, please stay away from the front lines, stay behind in the middle of the square – we’ll need people like you to rebuild the country after we have died.”
I’ve seen more bravery, nobility, and kindness in the last few months than I’d ever expected to see in my entire life.
The Revolution Continues.