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ELECTIONS IN EGYPT/ Judge Mikawy: The violence in the square is the regime’s fault

November Tue 22, 2011

Tahrir Square   (ANSA)  Tahrir Square (ANSA)

Egypt is in flames for the third straight day of clashes just one week before the general elections on November 28. In all, 42 protesters have been killed by police gunfire. Yesterday evening, the military government, headed by Essam Sharaf, resigned because of the serious situation that had arisen throughout the country. Thousands of Egyptians flocked to Tahrir Square, while, in the capital, coffins and blood for transfusions were scarce.

Ilsussidiario.net interviewed Hossam Mikawy, the president of the South Cairo Court and a designated observer in the upcoming elections. For the magistrate, "what is happening at this time stems from the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist parties have allied themselves with the military government, and representatives of the Mubarak regime have been allowed to participate in the elections. The Egyptian people realized this and, also because of the lack of security in the country, many will not go to vote, leaving the Islamists and conservatives with the majority of seats in Parliament".

Judge Mikawy, why did blood suddenly start to flow in Tahrir Square on Sunday, forcing the Egyptian Prime Minister to resign?
There are several reasons. The first is that, even though Mubarak was deposed, his regime continues to exist and to govern, controlling the authority of the State. Second, the prospects for the country's political future are unclear: there is no road map for Egypt. Third, the majority of Egyptians have not seen significant changes in these nine months since the revolution. Fourth, the most powerful parties have not accepted young people on their lists, leaving the real protagonists of the revolution without any political representation. Fifth, young people are constantly accused of treason by the Army and the former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, and, because they are liberals, of not believing by the religious parties. Thus, what happened from Sunday to yesterday was not only a clash between the young Egyptians and the police, but was a fight between freedom and its negation, between education and ignorance, between light and darkness, between the future and the past.

What is the point of taking to the streets to protest a week before the first democratic elections in Egypt's history?



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