Egypt’s unfinished business

Baraa Shiban

As if Tahrir Square was reborn by a new revolutionary pulse fueled by the martyrs blood. The people who were once accused of killing them are now set free by a verdict from the court of law, and the person who ordered these killings is sentenced to life. Tens of thousands of Egyptians fled to the square, and announced that the only legitimacy for the coming president will come from the midst of the square.

People started arriving to the square in the first moments after the verdict on the former president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister Habib Al-Adli and announcing the innocence of the two sons of Mubarak and six senior interior officers. The crowd started increasing after a group of political and revolutionary forces called their supporters to take to the streets, where a number of marches started moving to the square, in  a similar scenario to 25th of January 2011.

It seems that the verdict on Mubarak formed a turning point that made the Egyptians unite and return to Tahrir. Activists said that “We were expecting that the verdict on Mubarak would be delayed but as usual, stupid regimes fall quickly”. They also said that they started smelling the Egyptian spring and the 25th of January revolution.

The remarkable thing, that the protesters coming to the square didn’t get involved in any security clashes or even any conflict between them. Protesters from all ages fled to the square asking for what they called justice and the martyrs’ rights.

In this unitary scene, the political analyst Mostafa Zahran – who was among the protesters in Tahrir – said that the trial of Mubarak was a decisive factor in the fusion of all political and religious forces in the square and the absence of all labels and platforms which were contributing in splitting between the Egyptians, he added that this scene ended all plans in dividing the Egyptian people.

Zahran considered the Tahrir demonstrations an extension to the January revolution and one of its earthquakes, and it’s a message to whoever is in power that the people are still the reference and in the square lies the power, he noted that the demonstrations would be in the interest of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate – Mohammed Morsi – in the coming re-election which is suppose to take place in the 16th and 17th of this month – June 2012.

He also assured that the Muslim Brotherhood will accept a Presidential Council, after they realized they weren’t much successful during the last few months, and especially after they felt the danger of Ahmed Shafik winning the elections.

What’s happening in the streets of Egypt might extend if the revolutionary forces felt that their revolution might be stolen by the SCAF, and it’s a clear message that the Egyptian people won’t go back to before the 25th of January 2011.

It’s worth mentioning that the huge divisions between the different revolutionary forces divided the votes between three candidates and made the old regime one step away from regaining power. The revolutionists will have to make a tough decision and stand with the Muslim Brotherhood candidate to face the old regime, but the Muslim Brotherhood on the other hand should reassure the different parts that they can work together in some sort of a coalition in the coming period.

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