Center for World Conflict and Peace

Center for World Conflict and Peace

Saturday, February 26, 2011

An Update on Egypt–Part I

The unfortunate news about Libya has dominated the news, and the most of the world is unaware of the situation in Egypt. My country is in chaos, and there is much panic and confusion. I am now witnessing a counter-revolution that aims to defeat the January 25 revolution. There are no security or police on the streets. I have heard of thefts and attacks in different parts of the country. And most schools that have been closed since the revolution (though schools are supposed to open tomorrow).

The major problem is that Egyptians are against Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik and his government, because Shafik is a student of Mubarak and remains very loyal to him. In fact, they believe that Mubarak is still ruling Egypt from Sharm El Sheikh through Shafik. As a result, there is a sense that not much has changed politically in Egypt.

There was a protest yesterday at Tahrir Square asking Shafik and his government to resign, but it ended up in disaster after midnight. The military police used force to send the protesters home, claiming that they were out way after curfew. I do not blame the military for trying to impose some kind of laws and regulations, but they never enforced the curfew when Mubarak was still in power. And why are they focusing on protesters and not guarding interior ministry labs that were burnt down this week to kill evidence against the former interior minister, members of the National democratic party and the businessmen who are in jail right now?

Shafik, with all his corrupt ministers from the old regime, should step down from power. In their stead, the "Wise Men" committee could take over until the elections are held in the fall. Egyptians do not want any symbols of the old regime to remain in power. They fear the old guard will use all means available to continue to rule Egypt and destroy everything the revolution has sought to achieve.

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