REPORT FROM CAIRO–FURTHER THOUGHT

One more furious thought.
The formation of the government is nothing but an outloud catastrophy. In addition to the “ancient” PM, there is a scandal about the minister of Interior Affairs. He was the assisstant of the security head general in Alexandria. For those who are not aware what Alex stands for please recall the murder of Khaled Said, the precursor of the Revolution; and the brutal torture of Sayed Belal for 9 hrs as a suspect of explding the famous Church “the Saints”, that was on the eve of the New Year!! This is just a tiny example of the “new” government. Indeed those people who have been anti the Revolution should relax now, the scene looks familiar. To add more to the farce, this minister is to perform the oath today and soon on the 25th Dec he is to go to court to answer to the accusations of “murdering” protesters of Alex in last January. And…we are still receiving the blessings of the West…
Sent from Etisalat Misr by Shereen Naga, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University

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  1. SHEREEN NAGA ON WOMEN IN TAHRIR SQUARE:

    My new theory: there must be a relation between power and lack of creativity (not to mention receptivity). All that happened in recent days is not new; it is simply a cheap reproduction of what happened in 2005 under the Mubarak regime. I remember there was a big demonstration to protest fraud in the presidential elections. We woke up and all sorts of media were congratulating us for having elected Mubarak for his sixth term in office. A huge demonstration started marching through the streets of down town, and that was the first time in my life (am born 1966) to witness a march that I have seen only in movies. It was stunning and I dare say so romantic! The bonding that happened and the feeling of solidarity were amazing. All of a sudden, usually on the fringe of the demonstration, the harassment began and women were sexually and brutally harassed. Here is the scandal: most of these women were journalists. Sexual verbal abuse was horrible, dragging on the ground, and stripping clothes were the essential weapons then. The remarkable thing was that for the first time we witnessed police officers stripping the veil of women, we have always seen that done to Palestinian women by Israeli officers. Well, theory travels.

    However, it seems that with the military things are stronger and doubled, perhaps tripled. A woman stripped in her blue bra? We all bought or are trying to buy now blue bras. People on twitter are raving about blue bras, and several men proposed to that woman. She is a doctor who decided to treat the injured in the sit-in, and she was punished for that. Well, she is not the only one, there is another one, Azza Hilal, who saw what was happening to Hind and went to her rescue. Today she is cuffed in bed and cannot stand on her feet as a result of the torture and abuse. Having lost so many people already in addition to the hostility we encounter from society simply ignited anger to the maximum. Comments like “why the hell she wasn’t wearing anything under her dress?” or “why did she ever go there?” were nothing but an insult upon which the call for a women’s march spread on twitter and facebook in a very short time.
    I headed to Tahrir with two of my neighbors and my husband. It was agreed that we should wear black, so in Tahrir I spotted two women in black lost as we were, I nodded to them and asked: “march?” They nodded back and we headed to the center of the Square. A man was screaming hysterically” “those women are here to protect you filthy men, go and shave your moustache, you are no longer men”. A few steps and we met a big group that was touring the square- a technique to increase the number- and we joined. All the men cordoned the march to prevent any other harassment; hand in hand they were looking at us admiringly and apologetically. Numbers grew unexpectedly as women on the street joined, and it was not less than 10 000. With this snowballing, rhymed chanting began: women of Egypt are a red line; lift your head up … your foot is cleaner than he who has beaten you; the military wasted the revolution and women will ignite it; bread, freedom, social justice; they said (in reference to the military) they are protecting us while they are stripping us; and, “down down with military rule”. Surprisingly, we have not spotted a single officer or even the poor ones who organize the traffic! When we get angry they know it and disappear.

    They wanted to prove that they lack creativity so in statement number 91 the SCAF (abbreviation for Supreme Council of Armed Forces and so the hash tag on twitter is #FuckSCAF) apologized for “what happened to Egyptian women” and promised “to start an investigation”. Much to their surprise we rejected the apology and we called for a big demonstration tomorrow in Tahrir.
    Down down with military rule

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