‘We did not risk our lives simply to change the players’ by Khaled Fahmy

Reading the article ‘We did not risk our lives simply to change the players’ by Khaled Fahmy which has been published in july on the CNN website really elucidate how today’s government in Egypt is working. Fahmy sums up what has happend after Mubarak ousted as a president of Eqypt and Mohamed Morsy, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood has been fairly elected. By different examples he showed that Morsy as the new leader of Egypt broke the terms of the mandate. Especially by not changing the army and the police or securtiy sector was the turning point for Fahmy and he started to take part at protest that wants to undertake Mohamed Morsy and the so called Brotherhoodization. But for me, what mostly catched my attention, was the paragraph when he was talking about his driver’s cousin that has lost his life:

“Personally, the turning point came on April 24, 2013. On that day my driver’s cousin, Wael Hamdi Rushi, was killed in the Heliopolis Police Station. He had had a fight with a shop keeper who summoned the police. The police came and arrested Wael with his brother. In police custody, he objected to the way they were treating his 14-year old epileptic brother. So they smashed his head against the wall until he died, hanged his body from a rope in his prison cell and called his mother to watch him dangling from the ceiling. Wael was 19.”

This brutally exapmle clarifies that Morsy do not pay any attention to the security sector at all. In a country with freedom and dignity you should not suffer from those kind of examples and that were the main goals when Egypts’ people were fighting for a revolution. Fahmy describes this in a clear way by saying: “We wanted to change the rules of the game. That was the mandate we gave to Morsy. He has failed in this crucial task, so we no longer recognize him as a legitimate leader.” 

Even if you heard often of terrible actions by the police esepcially in middle eastern countries it still surprises me. Somehow I can not believe how those things can happen in a country where you were already protesting for a new government to come up but then nothing really changes. But also the phrase: “We did not launch this revolution nor risk our lives only to change the players.” opens up a necessary point. We were always talking about different protest and movements and how they succeed, how the protest proceeded, how the media was effected and what kind of people were invovled. But by starting a protest you never know how this is going to proceed. In most of the protest maybe even in every protest there are people who are dying because of the brutality that is involved in a protest. That’s a point you can not leave out and have to keep in mind. It would have been really interesting to read an article by someone who debate about this also. Asking yourself if you should take part in a movement by rsiking your own life and maybe nothing will be changed in the end?


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