“We haven’t felt any change. We removed Mubarak and got a field marshall.”


The events yesterday in Trafalgar Square were fun, and even significant to many people on a personal level; but it was not significant on an international scale or on a social level.  The events in Tahrir Square do rise to that level of significance – significant to the whole world.   Every demonstration seems to be given its own separate and distinct name, today’s is being called the “Friday of Accountability.”   The demands are much the same as they have been all along – political and economic freedom.  But frustration is growing over justice – there are two concerns; People do not trust the government’s trials of former Mubarak officials  – some have resulted in not guilty verdicts; in a country where the average citizens believes all former government officials were corrupt and criminal – not guilty is not an option.  The second form of justice deals with the trials – military tribunes they are called – of civilians, demonstrators, dissidents and other malcontents; those trials are said to be secret, corrupt and only intended to intimate the people and destroy organized opposition; the people are demanding social justice and equality.

Guessing at the intent of another person is difficult at best, and when they offer no explanation it is nearly impossible.  That means we do not know what the current government of Egypt intends with either of its sets of trials.   But watching the events in Egypt unfold this week, if the government thought to intimidate the general population and destroy any opposition it had best rethink its strategy. Besides the demonstrations in Cairo there are also mass demonstrations in Suez and Alexandria.  I have not seen any numbers on today’s demonstrations, but organizers were calling for a million people to come out.  But there are lots of pictures and visually, the number of people gathered is impressive.  However, more impressive is the growing coalition of parties taking place.  The first demonstrations in February were spontaneous and composed of individuals, not parties.  In fact the major opposition party the Muslim Brotherhood pointedly did not take part.

The Brotherhood reversed its earlier position this week and decided to join in, the Freedom and Justice party is also officially taking part.  The movement is magnetic and as it grows its power to draw others into it is growing or so its seems.   The Brotherhood’s official media publication, Ickwan, cites the building anger of the Egyptian people as a force – implying that the desire for change is getting stronger and more powerful, not decreasing.

An election is expected in just two months and the government has made progress toward bringing members of the former regime to justice – one might think that would buy them some time.  However patience appears to be in short supply in the streets of Cairo.  Here is a part of an article from the Egyptian Daily News – it will give a much clear idea than anything I might say about the emotions of the Egyptians on July 8, the Friday of Accountability or as some are calling it the Day of Perseverance.

In a massive show of public anger at the slow pace of reform under military rulers, demonstrators chanted repeatedly for the ousting of the country’s de facto ruler, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. They called on Egyptians to “reclaim” their revolution. Activists declared the start of an open-ended sit-in, vowing not to leave until post-Mubarak transition was put back in the hands of ordinary people. “This is not just another Friday protest – it’s a message to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces [Scaf] that their methods don’t work and that we are immune to their tricks and lies,” said Wael Eskandar, a 27 year old IT consultant who joined the protests in Cairo. “No matter how much they try spreading disinformation and claim the army is trying to implement the demands of the revolution, Egyptians know the real deal – and that is why you see so many here today.”

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