Back to Square One- Egypt’s restive – politics – THE HINDU

  • This article is about the restive nature of the politics of Egypt, where in 2011 Hundreds of Thousands of people protested at the Tahrir Square for toppling of the system and demanding democracy. The then President Hosni Mubarak, was sent released last week and this was witnessed like a routine event by the people of Egypt. This shows that the movement that started six years back at the Tahrir square and the Arab spring hasn’t been able to bring any concrete changes in the mindset of the majority. Hosni Mubarak was detained for two charges, corruption and causing of death of hundreds of protestors. Even after been released from such charges (for what the protest was done in 2011) no major protest or rally was seen during his release. Moreover his family was also accused of many charges. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, were accused of misappropriation of public funds. They were released in October 2015.
  • The situation of Egypt happens to be better than other countries that had the Arab Spring. The situation of Yemen, Syria, Libya aren’t as good as Egypt. But still one must know that the protest that toppled Hosni Mubarak, a dictator who ruled Egypt for 30 years with and iron fist, is now a free man and the first democratically elected President of Egypt is in jail, Mohamed Morsi. Though the present Government of Abdel Fattah al- Sisi claims the legacy of 2011 revolution, it took lenient view on Mubarak-era crimes while cracking down on Mr.Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. One can take the argument that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at least has enabled the stability to an ordinary Egyptian that the country lacked during the protest times and the period after that also. But still the protests haven’t been able to achieve what the target was. Hence Egypt is back to square one.
  • Tunisia is the only country that transformed itself into a democracy internally after protests. 

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