Mubarak, OUT! Protests, IN!

So, why do we still see protests taking place in Egypt, and Tahrir Square filled with camping tents?

Well, an article from CNN gives some of the reasons as to why the Egyptians do not want to give up in their search for a fair government, more opportunities, and a better Egypt.

The article is from a few months ago, yet… it seems that the ony thing that has changed since the publication of the article is that parliamentary elections were held.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Among recent events, there is no doubt that police and military brutality have increased in recent months. It is important to remember one of the reasons why protesters took Tahrir Square: Police brutality and their lack to protect Egypt’s citizens.

Despite the videos and pictures that show what really happens in daily Egyptian protests, no one seems capable of taking responsability for the actions committed by either the police or the military of Egypt.

In an article from November 23, 2011 and published by Israel National News, were posted videos showing real events that took place in the streets of Cairo, Egypt.

Current Affairs: Calm Prevails in Egypt’s Elections

New York Times: In a surprise, Calm Prevails in Egypt’s Elections

By David D. Kirkpatrick

November 28, 2011

Full article here.

Even with the ruling military tightly holding on to power,  and after a mass of protests in Cairo last week,  a unexpectedly large number of Egyptian people made it out yesterday to vote in the first parliamentary elections since the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak.  It appears that citizens in the post-revoultion atmosphere feel that it is their duty to continue to make their voices heard.  The hope, however,  that the elections will be legitimate and without corruption is still dismal. One protester said, “It is like a play, it is like a sham. we are pretending to be voting.” Protest leaders have urged those in the street to go to the polls to express their grievances. The military government sees the turnout as a success and an indication of citizens’ approval of their transition timeline. The real impact of these elections unfortunately won’t been seen for several months.

 

“Egyptian rulers reject minister’s resignation”

(CNN)Egypt‘s military rulers have rejected the resignation of Hazen Beblawi, a top official who served as both the deputy prime minister and finance minister.

Finance Ministry spokesman Ibtisam Saad said Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, refused to accept the resignation Tuesday. Continue reading

“Pope Shenouda met with a delegation from Egypt’s ruling military council after Maspero clashes”

On the back of shock and anger after the killing of Coptic protesters last Sunday in Maspero, a delegation of the ruling military council met with Pope Shenouda to discuss solutions to sectarianism
By: Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Oct 2011
Egypt’s Coptic patriarch, Pope Shenouda, along with seven leaders in the Coptic Church, met today with a delegation of the ruling military council. The meeting comes as a result of the deaths of at least 25 protesters at an anti-discrimination, anti-sectarian march on Sunday that ended at Maspero, Egypt’s state TV building. The protesters were attacked along their march and at Maspero, allegedly by security forces themselves.

The meeting took place in the Abbassiya Cathedral, the headquarters of the Coptic Church.The two sides discussed measures needed to stop further sectarian clashes from occuring, which inspired the mostly Coptic march in the first place after a church was destroyed by Muslims in Aswan on 30 September, with no government intervention.

Among the measures to curb discrimination is the issuing of building and/or renovation licenses to various churches across the country, increasing the punishment for religious discrimination and issuing a new unified Personal Status Law (Egyptians are currently obligated to state their religion on ID’s and marriage laws differ between Muslims and Christians). Continue reading

“ElBaradei consoles Egypt Copts and criticises toothless cabinet”

Mohamed ElBaradei, acting presidential, tells reporters that he feels Copts’ pain and that the SCAF has power but no experience while the prime minister is toothless
By: Mostafa Ali, Sunday 16 Oct 2011
Potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei Sunday offered words of condolences to Egypt’s Coptic community, as well as restrained criticism of the ruling military council and the government of prime minister Essam Sharaf.

ElBaradei, who cut short an international tour in Europe to return to Cairo on Monday, the day after clashes between demonstrators for Coptic rights and military police and central security forces left 25 people dead and over 300 injured at Maspero, held his first press conference since what has come to be called “Bloody Sunday.”

Speaking Sunday afternoon to local and international reporters who packed his campaign office in the Garden City district of Cairo near Tahrir Square, ElBaradei said that he and other Egyptians are still reeling with sorrow from the images they saw on television at Maspero last week. Continue reading

“SCAF amends law penalizing discrimination, Copts say it’s ‘long overdue'”

SCAF
amends law penalizing discrimination, Copts say it’s ‘long overdue’
By
Heba Fahmy /Daily News Egypt
October
16, 2011, 8:12 pm
CAIRO: The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) amended Saturday a law in
the penal code to apply stricter punishments against discrimination to ease
sectarian tension following deadly clashes between military police and mostly
Coptic protesters that left 27 people dead and more than 330 injured last
week.

The amendment adds a fine of no less than LE 30,000 and no more than LE
50,000 for discrimination based on “gender, ethnicity, language, religion or
belief.”

Government employees convicted of discrimination will also be subject to at
least three months in prison or a fine of LE 50,000 to LE 100,000, according to
the text of the amendment published by the official MENA news agency.

Ishaq Asaad, lawyer with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
described the law as a good step but that “it wasn’t enough to ease sectarian
tensions,” which have long plagued Egyptian community. Continue reading

“Amin Gemayel visits Egypt, holds meeting with Coptic pope”

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel called Sunday for dialogue between  Arab states to lay the foundations for political systems based on freedom,  democracy and equality among all citizens of the Arab world.

Gemayel made his remarks during a visit to Egypt, where he met with Pope  Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church and political officials. His visit  came in the wake of clashes that left 26 Copts dead last week.

The former president said Egypt would overcome such incidents and establish  a new system that promotes freedom and the participation of all factions in  drawing the map of the country’s future.

“All officials whom I met stressed that they will not allow Egypt to fall  prey to religious conflicts that will harm both Christians and Muslims,” Gemayel  told reporters following his meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Amro.

Amro said that the Egyptian people were confronting attempts to spark strife  in their country when, in a show of solidarity, Muslims and Christians joined  hands in peaceful rallies after Friday prayers. Continue reading