EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 21-year-old Rebel in Egypt's Tahrir Square
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DALLAS, July 2, 2013 ― While the American media saturates viewers with coverage on the Paula Deen scandal and George Zimmerman’s trial, the largest political protests in the history of mankind are rocking
Since June 30th, an estimated 11 to 33 million Egyptians filled the capital’s squares with banners, flags and demands that President Mohamed Morsi resign. Morsi represents the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist-linked party that the American taxpayer just gifted $450 million in aid and a mini-fleet of F-16 fighter jets.
News outlets simplify the murky conflict as an equally-divided disagreement between “hundreds of thousands” of Islamists and secularists vying for control of a democracy, but is that the case? Does
The raw, powerful beauty of social media provided some insight from a rebel on the ground. I shared a spectacular, eerie photo of two AH-64D Apache helicopters flying over the crowds in Egypt on my Facebook page, which circulated 400+ shares. The photo appears to show the military aircrafts being seared with lasers by a sea of protestors. According to media outlets, the aircraft was “lasered” to “disorient the pilot”, which can blind an aviator or disrupt the aircraft’s system.
By sheer happenstances, a 21-year old Egyptian student and organizer contacted me to clarify my misconceptions. Exhausted from the day’s events, the
TM: Describe the morale. Are the people angry, inspired or something else?
The beautiful thing about Egyptians is that the angrier we are the more determined we become; frustration never gets to us. The morale was amazing all day long: everyone shouting at the same time against Morsi, Egyptian flags waving everywhere, this really was the “19th day” of the 25th of January Revolution. Same spirit, but much bigger numbers.
TM: Can you give me an example?
What really got me today was when I drove my sister and my mother near the demonstrations at the palace, a guy was waving an Egyptian flag and it blew away in the air and fell on the ground in the middle of the street. All the cars braked as hard as they can so they don’t drive on the flag, even though it’s theoretically just a flag it demonstrated how much we love our country and what that flag represents for us.
TM: You said that the military supports the protests. Do the people and the military have the same goal: for Morsi to resign? Then who will step up if the people got what they wish?
Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has had a long, bad history with the military as an organization in Egypt, ranging from them bad mouthing Gamal Abd-El Nasser, our president responsible for 1952’s revolution, to participating in the murder of Al-Sadat in the 80s, even now that they’re in control their leaderships they bad-mouthing our military.
Of course nothing official was released from our military as it would be seen as overthrowing the “democratic” president, which is against international laws, but we’re sure the army has the same goal as we do step-by-step: what is best for
TM: What options do the Egyptian people feel they have for government?
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