It was yesterday one year ago when the announcement came that the new president of Egypt, after the rising on Egypt in January 25th, 2011, is Mohammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). It was a few weeks more than year ago that I have written about how proud I am of the voting results of Alexandria, but how at the same time the Egyptian dream of democracy and freedom has went down the drain due to the over all results of the presidential voting. In round two, the two winners that went head to head were Morsi from the MB, and Shafik, one that was a close friend (and a family member, and a previous minister in old regimen) of Mubarak.
It was not fair. A great revolution, lots of great young people died, and after all we get down to these two choices?
Most Egyptians decided to make a hard decision between the two and vote for the MB against the old regimen. In their imagination was someone who will at least be good for a few years to prove he is worth being in the presidential palace. Someone who will try to prove that all previous presidents of Egypt were wrong to keep the MB in prison for several years!
And so Morsi won on 30/06/2012, and made all the promises of rainbows and butterflies and a brave new world, which non of them came true. In one year, the economy has went down the drain along with the promised freedom. Same goes for tourism – well, tourists know the terrorist history of the MB…To top it all, the new project Ethiopia is doing, a dam on the Nile that will eventually decrease Egypt’s share of the water, as well as the lack of power sources in Egypt to screaming levels! If you have visited Egypt lately you probably noticed how electricity gets cut everyday for one or two hours at least, plus the lack of petrol in gas stations. People spend hours to fill their cars with gas now due to the endless lines.
And so people have had enough! And finally decided to let all the rage out – in a peaceful way. Protesters has once again filled Tahrir square in Egypt. But this time, on 30/06/2013, Egypt protests has seen a HUGE number of protesters it hasn’t even seen in the great revolution of January 2011!
Sadly I am in Sharm el Sheikh, and I thought that just like in 2011, people in Sharm just couldn’t care less about politics, they are here, after all, to make money. But to my surprise, it is different! More than 4,000 protestor has filled the parking lot of Naama bay in Sharm el Sheikh in an amazing peaceful demonstration against Morsi and the MB.
The same scene (in relatively higher or lower numbers) has been repeated in all places in Egypt. According to TV reporters, even the small villages has seen demonstrations yesterday!
Alexandria, as usual, made me proud!
At one point it was announced that the in coming demonstrations to Tahrir square have no more space to fit them and they should start filling other squares in between Tahrir and Etihadeya (where the presidential palace is.)
Disclaimer: Photos outside of Sharm el Sheikh are not mine – I had to use them as I could not search for creative common licensed pictures. Please contact me if you want your photos credited to you or want them removed.