Jun 30, 2013

The Egyptian Second Revolution of June 30, 2013

The massive protest movement of June 30, 2013 has been taking place in more than 19 public squares in cities all over Egypt, where people in the millions are calling on President Morsi to resign.

All these massive protests reflect the second stage of the stalled revolution of January 25, 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood were not the ones who started the revolution, but they ended up stealing it and ignoring its objectives, which were “Aish, freedom and social justice”.

From the beginning, the Muslim Brotherhood through their political arm “The Justice and Freedom Party” began to implement their secret political strategy, which was to take full control of governmental institutions.

Furthermore, they have excluded all secular political groups and even the young Egyptian groups from their political strategy. The political policy that was pursued by the dismissed parliament before it was dissolved, as well as by the lower House and President Morsi, was pursued to directly to benefit them and not society at large.

It has been reported that more than 13,000 member of the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed to important government positions. Even the majority of the governors appointed by Morsi in the 27 governates were affiliated with their group.

Also, members of the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed to head several important ministries, such as the Information and Communications, Culture and Arts (Al-Thakafah), Energy and Food, Interior, and Education ministries.

Such political actions reflect the strategy and priority of President Morsi’s objectives, instead of giving priority to the deteriorating national economy, the increasing unemployment and poverty, the absence of national security and safety, the increase in the cost of living and the shortages of energy.

In addition to that, Egypt as an important and leading Arab state has been humiliated by terrorist organizations in Sinai More than 23 members of the armed forces and the police have been killed and no arrests have been made. In addition to the number of security forces who have been kidnapped, the list of such negative acts under President Morsi’s rule reveals that he is an incompetent person to rule and needs to be removed.

The situation that has been going on for the last two years, as well as the protests (which have been ignored by Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood), led finally to the rise of the Tamarud (“rebellious”) movement. The Tamarud movement led by Mohamed Bader and his young Egyptian groups to initiate a petition campaign to remove President Morsi from office. They have set June 30, 3013, as the date for the second stage of the unfinished Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011.

By June 29, 2013, the Tamarud movement petition has collected 25 million signatures calling on President Morsi to resign. This figure is nearly more than twice the number of people who voted for him a year ago (2012).

The movement also coordinated with other groups, including the National Saluation Front, to start a national protest movement to force Morsi to resign and to form a national transitional government to prepare for a national election within six months.

It should also be noted that the Egyptian society is being sharply polarized between two major political groups. Those who support Morsi (one-third of the total population) claim that he was elected freely and should not resign. They accuse the opposition (who constitute more than two-third of the population) of being secular atheists and nonbelievers in Islam (“kafarah”).

The opposition group rests on the rationale that Morsi did not implement a single promise he made before his election. During the past year since his election (June 30, 2012), he did not do anything to save the country economically, socially or even in the areas of stability and safety.

In his latest speech to the Egyptian public (June 2013), President Morsi admitted that mistakes have been committed—even in the constitution—that need to be corrected. Such public statements came too late. Morsi and his superiors in the Muslim Brotherhood—who are the influential force behind all the blunders that have been committed during the past two years—are unfit to rule.

It is time for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to move out and open the door for others to assume the political responsibility and save Egypt from collapsing.

The irony of history is reflected in a statement that has been made by al-Murshid of the Muslim Brotherhood Mr. Badee in an interview with Mr. W. al-Ibrashi (Dream channel) two years ago. The interview was repeated on the same channel on June 28, 2013, during which al-Murshid stated publicly that he is totally against any Muslim Brotherhood member and even other Islamic groups running for political office, because he thinks it will be dangerous for Egypt.

Al-Murshid’s prophecy turned out to be true. Their political policy led to the largest protest movement in the history of Egypt. P