In the aftermath of a Cairo criminal court dismissing the most egregious charges against Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian government announced it would pass a law forbidding the “insulting of the revolutions of the 25th of January and the 30th of June.” Ironically, the declaration was met with derision by the 25th of January revolutionary camp, which supported early presidential elections to end Brotherhood rule, but which has been deeply critical of the Egyptian state since. What is behind the announcement, what might it mean going forward? There is, actually, a way to make this law a tool of great progressive change – but let’s explore it first.
Revolutionary activists who are opposed to both Mohammad Mursi and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi might describe the July 3 as a coup, but they are a small minorityH.A. Hellyer