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“I will not accept humiliation” is the line I liked best in what was dubbed a “rebellion anthem” which reminds us of that old patriotic song engraved in our hearts: “God is bigger than the aggressor’s maliciousness.” I also contemplated late Egyptian leader Mustafa al-Nahhas’ statement: “He who gives up the right of his country once, remains shaken and [possessed] by morbid sentiment.”Abdul-Latif-Al-Minawi

I think that bringing back these concepts from our history is an expression of the state in which many Egyptians, who decided to take to the streets to change reality, are living in. Those Egyptians seek to alter a reality which they consider a difficult test by God – a test in which God brings Egyptians back to their sense and in which he reveals the lie that existed for years, a lie which stated that those so-called Muslims are the solution. It’s a test in which God reveals the illusion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political powers and uncovers the organizations’ schemes that go beyond the country’s borders and interests.

What to expect?

But the current question is what do we expect from the army and the people? The answer to this question is clear and simple but implementing it requires understanding, awareness and determination. The army is the people’s army and it will not one day be biased against the people’s will. It will not play the game of calculations and interests, instead it will only do what it has always done; protect the country. But for many complicated foreign and local reasons, the army will not be the one to initiate an act because the act must be a popular one in which the Egyptian state institutions, mainly the army, play a supporting role.

It’s the day of the beginning of correcting the path of a country which has been hijacked

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

Simply speaking, state institutions build positive support for restoring the now hijacked Egypt, after the people declare their desire to achieve change and after they translate this desire into being through intensified, continuous work. Protesting on Sunday is not the only required act. But what is really required is that protests and a peaceful presence in the street continue until the people impose their desire. When this happens, it’s certain that the Egyptian state institutions, primarily the army, will support the people’s choice and decision. In this case, western pressures and desires will not yield results in imposing a reality rejected by the people. People are the base, and the army is the protector of the popular will.

Such a stance by state institutions expresses the sense of estrangement felt by institutions under the governance of the Brotherhood whose practices harmonize with the its concepts and beliefs which in turn proved to be contradictory to the Egyptian state’s principles. Perhaps the recent stance by the head of the regime during what was dubbed as the Support for Syria rally clearly expresses this sense of estrangement between the regime of the ruling party and the state’s body. This applies to most of the regime’s local and foreign policies. Simply speaking, this president is against Egyptian state institutions. Thus it’s normal that these institutions would announce that they are biased towards the people, but on the condition that the people make their stance clear and don’t change it.

A rift within the state

Although most of these institutions announced they are neutral and that they do not side with one party against another, they, even if they are official institutions such as Al-Azhar and the Church, have all confirmed that they support the choice of the people.

What I want to say is that we cannot stand waiting for others to act. We must not allow any feelings of despair and exhaustion to take over us. The most important factor for success is to keep going.

This Sunday must not be dealt with as the day marking the end. It’s the day of the beginning of correcting the path of a country which has been hijacked. Possessing a vision for the next day is a very important issue. I will present a humble vision that integrates with other visions.

The next day’s steps include: Announcing a transitional phase for a year, in principle led by the army and the constitutional court with its former members.

We must also cancel the recent constitution and work according to the 1971 constitution and the amendments made to it in 2007, in addition to the appropriate amendments made to the cancelled articles in March 2011. This must be carried out upon the review of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Disbanding the current Shura council and the institutions established during the Brotherhood rule is the next important step.

We must pave way towards establishing new parties and forming a national salvation cabinet consisting of experts in order to run the affairs of the country, protect the army and supervise the constitutional court.

Forming a commission or a national committee to formulate a new constitution is crucial. The commission’s membership conditions must be laid by the constitutional court after consulting with effective powers in the society.

Coming up with a clear road map that specifies the next steps upon a specified timetable that organizes the formulation of the constitution, holding a referendum on it and holding presidential and parliamentary elections are all part and parcel of the next steps Egypt should take.

download2Abdel Latif el-Menawy

Who exactly is advising Egypt’s rulers these days? Has the opposition succeeded in infiltrating the Brotherhood’s iron fences and managed to plant people among them to advise them in a certain way, increasing popular anger against them to guarantee massive participation in the protests planned for June 30? Is this wise man working to remove the last leaf of legitimacy covering this regime’s behavior? Is he working to expose this regime’s truth in front of those who still doubt the intentions of this group regarding the country?

The ruling party has certainly succeeded in confirming its true identity as an establishment which works to serve its own interests rather than those of the country and its citizens. Higher national interests don’t even matter when they contradict with the group’s interests. As I’ve mentioned previously, they have also proven that they work as per the principle “I don’t see, I don’t hear and I don’t talk.” They insist on defying the popular will for the sake of serving the group’s interest. No voice overpowers the voice of the group’s interests, and we don’t know the limits of those interests. But we are aware now that these limits trespass those of the country’s.

Living in rebellion

We are living the atmosphere of June 30. Some think it’s the moment of salvation from the ruling group.  Others see it as the beginning of putting Egypt on the right path, towards a centrist civil state for all Egyptian people.

“The government’s defiance of people’s will and the insult against the people’s aspirations and demands have surpassed all expectations” Abdel Latif el-Menawy

 

On the other hand, this date does in fact represent a real threatening moment and it may be the turning point that could eliminate the ruling party as an organization taking hold of the people’s will. For after all, what has this organization and its representative at the presidential palace done? Did they try to contain the clear popular anger? Did they try to send messages to the Egyptians reassuring them that they are aware of their mistakes when it comes to the economy and use of power? Did they try to prove their respect of the country’s higher national interests? The answer of course doesn’t require any effort to figure out. The defiance of people’s will and the insult against the people’s aspirations and demands have surpassed all expectations.

The man who holds the post of the presidency stood among his group’s sons and the rest of its allies and gathered them in a hall under the deceiving slogan of supporting Syria. The real aim however was to convey threatening messages for anyone who dares oppose him. The most important aim of holding that conference was to pay the price to his allies and protectors in the West. He has thus made himself a tool which the West uses to cross over to the region and achieve its aims, even if this leads to igniting a sectarian war in the region – a war which if it erupts, Egypt will be the first to pay the price for due to this strange stance on Syria which contradicts the country’s higher interests. It’s no secret that those allies are trying their best to save the Brotherhood. They are doing so by contacting figures who influence the public opinion and telling them to advise people not to take to the street at the end of the month. The American envoy’s request from Pope Tawadros II to ask the Copts not to take to the streets was not the last of these attempts. Pope Tawadros responded by stating that he cannot do so and all he can do is call upon people to avoid violence.

Provoking Egyptians

On the day of that conference, and the announcement of full dependency on external players, the blood of Egyptian and foreign victims was dripping from Mursi’s, and his followers’, hands. All this was broadcast live via Kandahar television – previously the Egyptian TV station – in a manner that defies the emotions of any Egyptian who truly belongs to this country.

It didn’t end here. But the Brotherhood also practiced its hobby of provoking the Egyptians when it insisted to push the country towards more confrontations. So they came up with the last move of appointing new provincial governors in 17 provinces. Everyone understood this move as a confirmation of the group’s insistence to achieve domination. The number of governors who directly belong to the group is 14. They assigned governors from the Brotherhood in the provinces that recent elections and referendums show to oppose the Brotherhood’s rule. They did that on purpose in a clear provocation of the people of these provinces like those of the provinces of Monufia, Qalyubia, Dakahlia and Al-Gharbya.

It’s also okay to exploit this event to pay for the deal – or at least part of it – to one of their allies, the Jemaah Islamiyah. The Brotherhood thus assigned a man who belongs to the Jemaah Islamiyah as governor of Luxor. They granted this post to the latter party which has officially admitted its responsibility for the 1997 massacre in which 62 people were killed – of which 58 were from Japan and Switzerland and the other four were Egyptians.

By the way, global media outlets didn’t care about any of this. But it did shed light on the assignment of the new Luxor governor and it reminded the public of the Luxor massacre and its victims. This is quite the best advertising for tourism ever, and it comes at a time when Egypt is doing all it can to restore part of its collapsed tourism sector. This Brotherhood behavior confirms that the group does not care at all about the country’s interests. All that matters to them is that the group continues to stay in power at any price.

What I mentioned are only few accounts of a regime that has totally lost its mind. It’s a regime possessed by denial and the desire to control and possess everything. It’s a regime that has lost the ability to see the interest of the sons of this country and that has put its interests, and its allies’ interests above any other interest, no matter how high the price.

I think that a regime displaying such a behavior must not expect anything less than anger from people who will take to the streets at the end of this month in order to announce the beginning of a journey towards altering the political formula. These people will forage a path towards putting Egypt back on the path of civilized countries where there’s no safe haven for terrorists and enemies of humanity.

mo_2263533bAbdel Latif el-Menawy

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi violates the law, implicitly supports intimidating the judiciary and judges, ignores all the principles of a state of law, issues laws and allows practices that guarantee authority for his group. He also and defies the popular and legal will as well as the public’s general interests by supporting an unconstitutional committee that came up with a faulty constitution that paves way for the hijacking of the country and its morphing into a religious state. Additionally, he corrupted political life and divided the people into two camps similar to an Osama Bin Laden style of rule. The first camp is that of the Brotherhood and the second one is that of the enemies who are not from among the tribe.

One must admit that he and his group have succeeded in pulling off an amazing performance in dividing the people and paving the way towards a fragmented state, only God knows the outcome of this act. The divisions don’t end here, it seems the fragmentation of Egyptian society, whose various communities have lived in harmony for thousands of years, is occurring. We don’t only hear statements referring to the differences between Muslims and Copts, but talk has also begun to include terms like the “people of the Nubia,” “Bedouins of Sinai” and “Bedouins of the western desert.” The problem is that there is more of a separatist flavor than a unification flavor to this narrative about these identities, which are in fact part of the social fabric. This of course is one of the current era’s “achievements.”

The regime and its head have also impoverished the entire country whilst the fortunes of Brotherhood members increase. We may notice that the current Egyptian model is one where the state gets poorer and the ruling party and its symbols get richer. The Egyptians are living in the worst economic phase ever. Daily sufferance has begun to target everyone. The quality of services, which was acceptable before, has entered the phase of collapse. Electricity and water cuts, gas shortages, the disappearance of bread, fuel and solar power, the collapse of transportation facilities, the collapse of medical and educational services and the destruction of the media and cultural institutions are nothing more than an introduction towards a phase with limits that can only be known to God.

A broken promise

In brief, the Brotherhood swept to power with the slogan “We bear good things for Egypt.” And we haven’t seen anything good ever since. A terrifying fall of the state has occurred instead. The Egyptian economy suffers due to lack of vision and official confusion over the means to resolve the severe economic crisis. Security collapsed in the country, corruption, which makes all previous corruption activities look small, grew and terrorists were provided with safety.

“The Brotherhood swept to power with the slogan “We bear good things for Egypt.” And we haven’t seen anything good ever since. ” Abdel Latif el-Menawy

 

People have heard plenty of reassuring statements from the ruler. Events proved that such statements are just noise.

Why is the “first elected president,” as they call him, afraid of the people who are theoretically his people? Why does he shiver when he directly deals with them? Why has the general feeling developed from opposing the leaders towards possessing a desire for salvation, even if the situation looks like a collective suicide? Why does he who claims to be president of all the Egyptians hide behind huge barricades; an act Egypt never witnessed before during the eras of any president, king or pharaoh. Why is any president this afraid of his people? Why does Mursi fear June 30?

Security measures for the June 30 protest are really surprising. The presidency tasked two contracting companies with putting up two big gates in the street located between the area of “Bawba 5” and Al-Salam castle and asked them to put up electronic doors through which cars and people heading to the castle may pass. The street will be completely closed and will only be used to confront any attempts to storm the castle. Electronic iron gates of a two-meter height, and that come up from the ground in cases of emergencies, will also be put up. All gates will be linked to electric detonators through an electric circuit with high voltage, and they can electrocute anyone who places his foot within an area of one meter square. All this will be done before the end of the month. Meanwhile, a security official said that a week before the protest, the republican guards will close 14 streets around the castle, using concrete walls and barbed wire. Tanks and armored vehicles will be stationed behind all five doors and they will provide protection from inside.

The International Development Research Center’s first democracy report on the president’s performance confirmed that during the month of May, the presidency was weak in leading the state, in dealing with the people’s demands and the crises confronting it and in protecting its sovereignty, resources and people. The report also revealed that the presidential budget during Mursi’s era increased to 330.239 million Egyptian pounds whilst former president Hosni Mubarak’s last budget (2009-2010) was 252.6 million pounds. It thus increased by 78 million pounds. The question is: Does this fall within providing protection as well?