Mariam Abuhaideri speaks to a group of fresh graduates at a local cafe in Downtown Cairo about the challenges ahead. Some of their strongest ideas were “Islam with Democracy”; “neither Sisi nor the Ikhwan”; “any president who comes will not care for Egypt”; “There are no jobs”; “we want to do something for our country”. Following the conversation, they listened attentively to my ideas on youth empowerment and youth-led development in Egypt. There biggest challenge now, is to fight unemployment and a mentality that status quo is fine when it is anything but that! Sexual Harassment, poor personal hygiene, an educational system that need immediate revamping, and anger management are some of the most pressing issues!
In this second part of the 3-part interview series with one of the 15 founders of Tamarod, the founder speaks of the movements aspirations for the future of Egypt and also their views on the current developments within the country. Despite explicit mention of the movements support for the army, the movement is sufficiently aligned with the military. Tamarod- a youth led movement was pivotal in the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Part 1 of the series contains background information about the movement.
In the final part of the 3-part interview series with one of the 15 founders of Tamarod, the founder speaks of the polarization that has engulfed the country and also about what is next for the movement. The movement is against any foreign intervention in their affairs. Any attempt by the US to even “comment” on the developments may be construed as interference. Tamarod- a youth led movement was pivotal in the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Part 1 of the series contains background information about the movement; Part 2 highlights the movements aspirations for the country.
In this 3-part series, Mariam Abuhaideri interviews Tamarod founding member Karim Abdel Hafez. Part 1 sheds light on background information about the movement that played a pivotal role in the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.
Waleed Abdel Rehman who took me on a safe ride around Ramsis Square in Faghalla speaks about who he believes is responsible for the killings.
“Don’t worry” he kept assuring me. He could sense I was a bit afraid of being stuck in some of the smaller alley ways just in case a Baltageya happened to chase us. I used this opportunity to ask him a few questions.
Do you like the Army?
After the killings, I don’t.
He then points in the direction of Fattah Mosque and says he will take me to the bridge so I can take pictures from above. Unfortunately, that end of the bridge was blocked too and we couldn’t.
Who killed all those people?
Because they want power (authority).
Who are the Baltageya (thugs)?
They are from the Police and Army. The army and police are afraid of many people in street so police and army shot people.
Do you happen to know a Baltagaya (thug)?
No, but I can know them from their look and style. You saw how he (the baltageya) was screaming?
Waleed is just one of many who I have spoken to, and have negative views of the army. It is believed that many of the protesters from yesterday and Rabaa were not supportive of the Ikhwaan, but rather anti-military.
You can hear gun shots. I was asked to switch off my camera as we neared the Baltegeya checkpoint. I couldn’t actually go into the square with a camera, so I asked the taxi driver Waleed to take me on a ride of the surrounding neighborhood. I was safe and yet taking a risk.
A concise view on developments in Egypt