3 July 2013

Egypt, the Never-Ending Revolution?

As angry as they are, the millions of Egyptian protestors can't agree on much except that they want change, and quickly. But change got them into this mess in the first place, and change for change's sake isn't going to fix any of the country's existential problems.

In Egypt, the people have spoken.

Millions of them turned out all over the country in demonstrations that, in their breadth and sheer numbers, made the 2011 Egyptian Revolution look like a service delivery protest that just got a bit out of hand.

If ever you wanted to see what "the masses" actually looked like, this was your chance. Over-excited commentators used words like "gigantic" and phrases like "biggest protest in history" to describe the show of incredibly popular discontent on Sunday evening - which, it should be noted, is not even a weekend in Egypt.

And, unusually for post-revolutionary Egyptians, where bitter divisions have effectively stalled any kind of progress, everyone gathered could agree on one thing: they wanted President Mohamed Morsi out.

That one man should be held entirely responsible for Egypt's current malaise seems unfair, but he's become a symbol of two years of frustrated hopes, unfulfilled...

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