Friday, November 18, 2011

Egypt's young radicals battle to reclaim the revolution

In post-Mubarak Egypt an alliance against repression struggles to be heard in the run-up to elections

Jack Shenker in Cairo, Friday 18 November 2011

"......Egypt's resistance to the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak originated in the determined actions of a small group of people, largely young, radical and hungry for a different future. Many of them assumed they would play a big role in building a new Egypt once the ancien régime was toppled.

The reality, as Fayed discovered, has been very different – and thousands of Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square on Friday to push the military council into ceding power.

"When Mubarak fell I was the happiest person in the world because we were waking up from a nightmare," Fayed, a nurse, said. "Now, it's as if he never really left at all, everything is jumbled and wrong. Conservative forces have seized control of the story and made people afraid, and as a result we are fighting a massive counter-revolution."....."

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