It’s irritating to read the headlines from Germany today on the events that marked October 6th, traditionally a celebration day for the 1973 war and usually ignored by the majority of the Egyptian people, yet this year highly charged with positive expectations.
As for the ‘Anti-Coup-Alliance’ and ‘pro-Morsi’ movement, as the disappointed Morsi loyalists call themselves, they well in advance called for marches throughout the country to gain back, what they see is the legitimate president, Mohamed Morsi.
As for the Egyptian people: celebrating October 6th on Tahrir and elsewhere felt like a cornerstone of marking again the spirit of national unity, still fragile, celebrating that the ‘ghosts from the traumatic past’ have been almost chased away.
The stronger, the interim government establishes itself, the more defiant of facts and processing governance the ‘Anti-Coup-Alliance’ and ‘pro-Morsi’ movement became.
The vast majority of Egyptians, as represented in the interim government are working 24/7 to find a way to get the ‘desirable’ in line with the ‘possible’.
A tremendously difficult undertaking. They have to take into account the whole and partly antagonistic demands of the people, whose unanimous spirit for a change of governance of ousted president Mohamed Morsi through a democratic system is all there is. Other than that views are frequently antagonistic and the question arises: how can ‘this’ bring about a constitution serving all Egyptians, inclusively?
The biggest obstacle and challenge for the Egyptian people had been the press, mainly the foreign media.
Through constant ignorance of Morsi-reign misdemeanor and outright betrayal of trust from the voters, who back then held possible he would indeed make sure that government from now on will be inclusive and represent Youth, women, Copts and wide civil participation, Mohamed Morsi got the crucial amount of votes in the run-off election since people abhorred the other remaining election candidate.
Soon it became obvious that Morsi was all but a representative of the Egyptian people and his main focus, while in office, was to serve the interests of the Muslimbrotherhood, who he vowed to have left.
Did the foreign press notice? No. Not really.
Only when, as a means of despair in light of this outrageous betrayal some courageous activists, most of whom are normal citizens – went to Tahrier, the second sit-in, an other one had grown at the presidential palace. Demonstrations on daily basis, people got killed, tear gassed and wounded.
Did the foreign press notice? Well. A little bit.
Only when the sit-in at the presidential palace grew so strong and some people succeeded to draw attention to the fact that members of the Coptic community faced unprecedented hardships through the forces of arbitrary, when journalists, who uttered their disenchantment had been detained and, as we learned, had been tortured, when people had been found killed.. Only then the foreign press started to open one of both obviously closed eyes, half .
The effect had been that Mohamed Morsi had been reprimanded from the Western governments. I related to the EU and Germany.
While Cairo ‘was burning’ in early December 2012, Morsi went to Germany. I still remember my happiness, when Angela Merkel brushed his high expectations for financial support for the shattered economy off with a few words . ‘Traditionally, we have good relations with Egypt, yet freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of press must not be violated. ‘
But no Western government went beyond speech in assisting the Egyptian people on their way to achieve what they fought for in the days of January 25th.
Soon it became a question whether the West seemed even in agreement with the chaos, that slowly covered Egypt in every corner of its vast extent.
To come back to yesterday.
With the new interim government in full swing, working towards a consensual constitution, arranging for the economy to recover the celebration of October 6th became a symbolic act.
If it were not for the Egyptian Army, Egypt would have slided into an unrecoverable state of disorder, malfunction and standstill. Some say, Egypt had been at the verge of a civil-war. Maybe.
Fact is: the army supported a grass-root movement, Tamarod (=Rebel) that succeeded to collect 22+ million signatures within a few weeks time. The aim was to make Morsi understand, that his politics is objected by far more people, than the result of the number of people who voted for him in the run-off elections represented. Remind you: the participation had been merely 38%! [That’s why until today I find it difficult to related to Mohamed Morsi as ‘democratically elected president’]
Seeing the headlines coming from Germany makes me wonder: are we relating to the same events?
Not one media-representative reported on the somewhat folklorist festivities on Tahrir and the speeches held.
But everyone plunged into the very sad and very calculated acts of ‘public disturbance’ which led to the avoidable death of about 50 human beings, who had been mentally dragged into the illusion, that Mohamed Morsi is still the legitimate president of Egypt, and the October 6th celebration would in their view provide an excellent chance to draw attention to this bizarre claim.
The people of Egypt have decided to join their fate with the assistance of its military leader as long as the state does not provide structures that allow to implore legal instruments. Again: Egypt still does not have the judiciary means to communicate apprehension and disdain for seemingly unjust state-action with the law.
What we witness really is history in the making.
Open your eyes and try to see for yourself.
The truth is hardly pure and never simple.~