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After the dispersal of Rabaa and Al Nahda, without the bloodshed planned for by the MB, the latter had to do something else to make up for the fiasco of the sit-ins that did not return Morsi to the Presidency. First thing they did was occupy another mosque in the north of Cairo, called Al Fateh, but the police quickly surrounded it so that the situation does not mushroom into another Rabaa. More to the point, the people have had enough, no more sit ins, no more taking over part of the city, disrupting the lives of all there. So it was more the people than the police, who stopped the Al Fateh sit-in from becoming something unmanageable. The Al Fateh situation was an even bigger fiasco than Rabaa. Members of the MB were caught on tape calling Al Jezira with false information about police snipers killing them inside the mosque, with another man, prompting him about where he should say they are being shot. Another trick caught on tape and shown all over TV was their attempt at giving the impression that the police was throwing tear gas inside the mosque, by using a fire extinguisher’s foam to try to make it appear like tear gas. But the worst part was, when they could not get the people to believe what they wanted, snipers went up to the minaret and started shooting at the people down in the square. It was a total scandal, relayed on live television. The police sent a warning over the speakers asking those inside the mosque to evacuate peacefully. Those who did had to have both police and army protection once they left the mosque as the people around could have torn them apart. We reached the point where it is the people now who are turning against the MB and fighting their ways.
Another incident that really set the people against the MB was the one where a bearded man went up to the roof of one of the buildings in Alexandria where there were a few boys throwing stones at one of the MB demonstrations, and threw two of the boys off the roof to their death. This was taped and went viral over the internet.
The tide was slowly turning against the MB after their brutality and viscousness was seen live all over world media. Even though the official stand of most of the foreign governments was still for the “Democratically elected President”, some people started talking out, started showing what the MB really were- the history of the Brotherhood being one full of violence, assassinations and arson. The same thing is happening now, it is a recurring theme. Attempted assassinations, arson, bombs going off. The Minister of Interior was a target, but miraculously came out unscathed from a car bomb that went off near his motorcade. Bombs that were planted in the most crowded underground stations were discovered before going off. People started becoming very vigilant and aware, started being proactive and reporting anything suspicious. We are now in a state where anything can happen anywhere. Threats of bombs at supermarkets or large shopping malls are now an everyday thing. We now have curfew every evening starting midnight to 5 am, except Fridays, which are the chosen day for demonstrating by the MB. Curfew then starts at 7 pm to 5 am.
The MB are still working at disrupting life, but Egyptians are great. They take everything in stride. We are coming back to life. We do not let MB threats stop us from going out and living normally. Better still, tourists are coming back. Though the MB still vow to reinstate Morsi, I think that they have now been ostracised socially and either they let go of their delusions and integrate with society, or they will not be able to live among Egyptians anymore.
Morsi’s trial for torturing and killing protesters in front of the Republican Palace of Itihadeya is scheduled for November 4th, and more accusations are being investigated, some for espionage and some for treason. All in all he has a very long legal fight on his hands. There is also a great deal of trouble and implications of so many foreign involvements, that we are very worried about his safety. We want nothing to happen to him as we want the whole truth to come out about the kinds of deals that he was involved in against Egypt.
Meanwhile there are still many a fifth columnist who is still working against Egypt. But every day, new masks are stripped and people are revealed for what they are. It is a very educational time.
Up till now Al Sisy remains a hero, his popularity unparalleled. When compared to the elderly PM and hesitant government, Al Sisy comes out shining. He is decisive, firm, yet gentle and understanding. He has taken quite a few steps that could have been taken by the government but were not. These were very simple steps that have alleviated hardships for people who really needed it, like paying the debts of many a mother who took out loans to get their daughters trousseaux but could not keep up the payments, so were jailed. Small farmers who were going under because of a debt up to LE 10,000 were relieved of their debts and these were paid by the army. True the army had the budget, and these were very minor expenses, but the genius of it was that these resonated very strongly with the ordinary man on the street. Not only was the army protecting Egypt from the invaders on the borders and Sinai, not only was it protecting the people on the streets with all the checkpoints especially on highways and flyovers which had become really dangerous, but it was taking care of the poor, the hardworking poor who were struggling to keep their heads above water, or those who actually went under.
The government took a leaf out of Al Sisy’s book and exempted families of a certain income from payment of the obligatory LE 50 per child. Then they finally approved the minimum wage that was one of the main demands of the 25th January 2011 revolution. This to be applied January 2014.
Safety on the streets is not back 100% .Garbage still litters many streets and prices of basic goods are still soaring. But tourism is slowly picking up, some hope for the economy is appearing over the horizon, our relations with some of the powerful Arab countries in the region are improving, and the best of all, we are free of that nightmare of a terrorist organisation that wanted to turn our lives to a living hell. Egypt is slowly but surely coming back to us. It is the Egypt that we all know and love, the fun loving, laughing, singing Egypt that would rather joke about something than cry about it, that enjoys its music, sunshine, its children and its freedom. We have our Egypt back.
A hopeful beginning.