Egypt’s countdown to June 30

Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Abdel Latif el-Menawy
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Who exactly is advising Egypt’s rulers these days? Has the opposition succeeded in infiltrating the Brotherhood’s iron fences and managed to plant people among them to advise them in a certain way, increasing popular anger against them to guarantee massive participation in the protests planned for June 30? Is this wise man working to remove the last leaf of legitimacy covering this regime’s behavior? Is he working to expose this regime’s truth in front of those who still doubt the intentions of this group regarding the country?

The ruling party has certainly succeeded in confirming its true identity as an establishment which works to serve its own interests rather than those of the country and its citizens. Higher national interests don’t even matter when they contradict with the group’s interests. As I’ve mentioned previously, they have also proven that they work as per the principle “I don’t see, I don’t hear and I don’t talk.” They insist on defying the popular will for the sake of serving the group’s interest. No voice overpowers the voice of the group’s interests, and we don’t know the limits of those interests. But we are aware now that these limits trespass those of the country’s.

We are living the atmosphere of June 30. Some think it’s the moment of salvation from the ruling group. Others see it as the beginning of putting Egypt on the right path, towards a centrist civil state for all Egyptian people.

The government’s defiance of people’s will and the insult against the people’s aspirations and demands have surpassed all expectations

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

On the other hand, this date does in fact represent a real threatening moment and it may be the turning point that could eliminate the ruling party as an organization taking hold of the people’s will. For after all, what has this organization and its representative at the presidential palace done? Did they try to contain the clear popular anger? Did they try to send messages to the Egyptians reassuring them that they are aware of their mistakes when it comes to the economy and use of power? Did they try to prove their respect of the country’s higher national interests? The answer of course doesn’t require any effort to figure out. The defiance of people’s will and the insult against the people’s aspirations and demands have surpassed all expectations.

The man who holds the post of the presidency stood among his group’s sons and the rest of its allies and gathered them in a hall under the deceiving slogan of supporting Syria. The real aim however was to convey threatening messages for anyone who dares oppose him. The most important aim of holding that conference was to pay the price to his allies and protectors in the West. He has thus made himself a tool which the West uses to cross over to the region and achieve its aims, even if this leads to igniting a sectarian war in the region - a war which if it erupts, Egypt will be the first to pay the price for due to this strange stance on Syria which contradicts the country’s higher interests. It’s no secret that those allies are trying their best to save the Brotherhood. They are doing so by contacting figures who influence the public opinion and telling them to advise people not to take to the street at the end of the month. The American envoy’s request from Pope Tawadros II to ask the Copts not to take to the streets was not the last of these attempts. Pope Tawadros responded by stating that he cannot do so and all he can do is call upon people to avoid violence.

Provoking Egyptians

On the day of that conference, and the announcement of full dependency on external players, the blood of Egyptian and foreign victims was dripping from Mursi’s, and his followers’, hands. All this was broadcast live via Kandahar television - previously the Egyptian TV station - in a manner that defies the emotions of any Egyptian who truly belongs to this country.

It didn’t end here. But the Brotherhood also practiced its hobby of provoking the Egyptians when it insisted to push the country towards more confrontations. So they came up with the last move of appointing new provincial governors in 17 provinces. Everyone understood this move as a confirmation of the group’s insistence to achieve domination. The number of governors who directly belong to the group is 14. They assigned governors from the Brotherhood in the provinces that recent elections and referendums show to oppose the Brotherhood’s rule. They did that on purpose in a clear provocation of the people of these provinces like those of the provinces of Monufia, Qalyubia, Dakahlia and Al-Gharbya.

It’s also okay to exploit this event to pay for the deal - or at least part of it - to one of their allies, the Jemaah Islamiyah. The Brotherhood thus assigned a man who belongs to the Jemaah Islamiyah as governor of Luxor. They granted this post to the latter party which has officially admitted its responsibility for the 1997 massacre in which 62 people were killed - of which 58 were from Japan and Switzerland and the other four were Egyptians.

By the way, global media outlets didn’t care about any of this. But it did shed light on the assignment of the new Luxor governor and it reminded the public of the Luxor massacre and its victims. This is quite the best advertising for tourism ever, and it comes at a time when Egypt is doing all it can to restore part of its collapsed tourism sector. This Brotherhood behavior confirms that the group does not care at all about the country’s interests. All that matters to them is that the group continues to stay in power at any price.

What I mentioned are only few accounts of a regime that has totally lost its mind. It’s a regime possessed by denial and the desire to control and possess everything. It’s a regime that has lost the ability to see the interest of the sons of this country and that has put its interests, and its allies’ interests above any other interest, no matter how high the price.

I think that a regime displaying such a behavior must not expect anything less than anger from people who will take to the streets at the end of this month in order to announce the beginning of a journey towards altering the political formula. These people will forage a path towards putting Egypt back on the path of civilized countries where there’s no safe haven for terrorists and enemies of humanity.


Abdel Latif el-Menawy is an author, columnist and multimedia journalist who has covered conflicts around the world. He is the author of "Tahrir: the last 18 days of Mubarak," a book he wrote as an eyewitness to events during the 18 days before the stepping down of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Menawy’s most recent public position was head of Egypt’s News Center. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom, and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. He can be found on Twitter @ALMenawy

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